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From two-time Academy Award(r)-winner Pedro Almodóvar (2003, Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her; 2000, Best Foreign Language Film, All About My Mother) comes VOLVER, a comedic and compassionate tribute to women and their resilience in the face of life's most outrageous tribulations. A luminous Penélope Cruz leads an ensemble of gifted actresses, including Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). Raimunda (Cruz) and her sister Sole lost their parents in a tragic fire years ago...or did they? Superstitious villagers claim that the girls' departed mother, Irene (Maura), has been seen wandering around their Aunt Paula's home. When Irene appears to Sole, she explains that she has returned to set right her daughters' troubled lives and reveal shocking secrets that will impact everyone! Raimunda has "female troubles" of her own, least of which is a corpse in the freezer! Winner of numerous film festival and critics' awards, VOLVER is a hilarious tale of love, loss and
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A lot of viewers seems to be focusing on Penelope Cruz's performance (which is great), but I do found every one of the women in this film to be extremely fabulous, and I utterly believed the completely absurd story they all are truly living. Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, and Chus Lampreave should all be receiving rave notices equally. My favorite spice in the film was "Gorda Regina," Maria Isabel Diaz, who was as real as anyone has ever been on film. The shot of her sleeping, exhausted, in the cab of the truck, by the drying riverbed, after having done heavy labor and incriminating herself for her neighbor and friend is pure cinematic poetry. I want to know how Almodovar made that shot. The subtle colors in that one picture are stellar in their quality. I think I would actually hang a still of that on my wall. Friends like that are true angels.
Once again, Pedro has told us a story from the hermetic world of the harem.Read more ›
But - for me - something gets a little lost in the last 20 minutes - plot elements that need to be explained never are, while things I didn't really care about, or liked the unsolved mystery of, are explained in great, literal detail that somehow lessens the impact. None-the-less, yet another imaginative, creative, funny and thoughtful film by Almodovar.
Love him or not, his storytelling and filmmaking are worthy of our attention. Watch this in a theatre if you ever get the chance; the colours will knock you out of your seat!
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