Volver

Rated R 111 minutes 2006

The title of this latest and highly enjoyable comic melodrama from beloved Spanish director Pedro Almod�var translates as Coming Back -- as in "back from the dead," referring to the amusingly matter-of-fact resurrection of Irene (Carmen Maura), an old grandmother who refuses to let mortality get in the way of unfinished familial business. For the filmmaker, Volver represents a return of other sorts as well: to his childhood home of La Mancha, to lighter material after Bad Education, and to All About My Mother's Pen�lope Cruz, who, cast here as Irene's catering daughter Raimunda, delivers her most loose-limbed and endearing performance. In fact, the film's playful ode to female resilience -- men are literally disposable here -- owes an enormous debt to the dynamic ensemble work of five gifted comediennes, all fully deserving of their special award at the Cannes Film Festival. As expected in an Almod�var movie, the cinematography, flaunting every conceivable shade of red, is eye-poppingly vivido.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/volver

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Carmen Machi, Pilar Castro and Antonio de la Torre

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