Volver (2006)

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Moderate themes, moderate sexual references, moderate drug references and infrequent violence

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Actors: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohanna Cobo, Y Chus Lampreave

Pedro Almodvar makes a triumphant return to the screen in this rich tale of three generations of women who manage to survive everyday life by means of goodness, occasional lies and boundless vitality.

Raimunda (Pnelope Cruz) is struggling to make ends meet, holding down several jobs while supporting her unemployed husband and teenage daughter. When Raimunda and her sister are visited by the ghost of their dead mother, Irene (Carmen Maura) it becomes clear that some long-repressed family issues remain unresolved. Spontaneous and endearing, Volver exudes warmth, humour and genuine emotion.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 118mins
Origin: SPAIN
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English

Member Reviews (40)

Beautiful ... cool story
Posted Monday, 28 April 2014 See my other reviews
Slow to start, thought about stopping but did improve after 45mins and ended up worth watching. But I thought Cruz looked too beautiful for the character she played, so detracted from credibility of film for me.
Posted Tuesday, 11 March 2014 See my other reviews
Fabulous in every way; Pedro Almodovar as good as ever.
Posted Sunday, 14 April 2013 See my other reviews
Incredible, moving and intriguing from the start. What a great movie!
Posted Thursday, 27 September 2012 See my other reviews
Haven't seen it for a while but I loved it. Cruz is the whole package; feminist, funny, sad, crazy, and of course very sexy. Add in the amazing Aldomavar and an awesome script. A film about women that most men could learn a lot from.
Posted Wednesday, 22 August 2012 See my other reviews
Simply stunning movie. Penelope Cruz is wonderful and the character who is her sister who plays in the film, is marvelous as well. It's a pleasure to watch a well made movie.
Posted Saturday, 26 May 2012 See my other reviews
G. Klotz
dont like to have to read subtitle,
Posted Monday, 16 April 2012 See my other reviews
Posted Wednesday, 9 November 2011 See my other reviews
A slow moving film with an excellent performance by leading lady Penelope Cruz. Has a very authentic Spanish feeling to it. Would probably be more appreciated by the ladies. I enjoyed it.
Posted Friday, 24 June 2011 See my other reviews
Excellent movie! Almodovar quirky.
Posted Wednesday, 8 June 2011 See my other reviews
Excellent. All aspects of this movie come together to create an interesting, offbeat, quirky and at times emotional story. Penelope Cruize shines, but the other cast members are not overshadowed.
Posted Wednesday, 20 April 2011 See my other reviews
Wow!! Tight production of exquisite women moving through the difficulties of love, sex, mothers, daughters, grandaughters, neighbours, family and strong cultural mores, whilst connecting to the sisterhood throughout. This is a hard film to watch but in a good way. The males in this movie let these women down, however endearingly, the female spirit endures.
Posted Sunday, 27 February 2011 See my other reviews
It was a bit difficult for me to understand at first as it wasnt in english, as I had trouble reading through the sentences but I finally got the drift of the movie and I did enjoy it.
Posted Wednesday, 11 November 2009 See my other reviews
I love Almodavar's alternative universe - I wish the real world was more like it; warm, caring and above all, quirky people who don't pass judgement on one another. Penelope Cruz is stunning - I can't take my eyes off her! Great film.
Posted Monday, 19 October 2009 See my other reviews
Emotionally satisfying in a way only Almodovar can achieve, this is a sensational performance from Penelope Cruz and the rest of a nearly all female cast. Almodovar has managed to give us a deeply moving and enriching ending without needing needing to pedantically tie off every idea in the movie, yet leaving nothing half done. Beware: the case says it is 188 minutes long which might be intimidating; it's actually only 110!
Posted Saturday, 17 October 2009 See my other reviews
I thought that this was Penelope Cruz's best work by a fair stretch - including Vicki Christina Barcelona. A film that is very easy to watch with a nice flow and feel to it.
Posted Thursday, 10 September 2009 See my other reviews
What a little gem! 'Nuff said.
Posted Tuesday, 9 June 2009 See my other reviews
Anita L.
It took me a while to work out how the characters were related to each other. It was also a bit difficult to concentrate on the movie because I was looking at the subtitles. The main themes are family and women. I liked the ending.
Posted Monday, 18 May 2009 See my other reviews
Carmel R.
entertaining film. penelope should never have gone to hollywood. interesting characters and great story.
Posted Wednesday, 6 May 2009 See my other reviews
Reviews have lots of fors & against this art house movie. I agree subtitles are fast and there is a slow build up but........... worth the wait. I agree it's quirky, engaging, intriguing. A story of relationships between generations with a little twist half way through it. If you are a movie buff & want some light entertainment for a night try it, if you want fast action and are impatient don't bother. We recommend it.
Posted Thursday, 30 April 2009 See my other reviews
Another great Spanish film, the acting, the language, the story is so vibrant (ok, maybe a little out there!) but that's part of the charm. I felt attached to all the characters and the story was enjoyable to watch as it unfolded.
Posted Sunday, 1 March 2009 See my other reviews
Amour S.
Wow, it was an interesting movie. I loved hearing Penelope Cruz sing. She played a really good role. I am getting more into the foreign drama films. They are more realistic than the hollywood stuff. An interesting twist at the end and very fitting too. Well worth watching.
Posted Wednesday, 12 November 2008 See my other reviews
John N.
Raimunda arrives home one day to find her layabout husband lying on the kitchen floor dead. Paula, her teenage daughter, has stabbed him with a kitchen knife after he had made sexual advances. As Raimunda is cleaning up the blood, the door-bell rings. The owner of the restaurant next door calls to tell her he's selling up and leaving, and gives her the keys in case people want to look round. This gives her an idea to dispose of the body. She and Paula drag it out of the house and into the restaurant and put it in the deep freeze. Just as she is closing the lid, a guy from a film unit, shooting a movie nearby, walks in and wants lunch for 30 people. Her life as a restaurateur begins. Interwoven with this story is one concerning Raimunda's mother, Irene, who has been dead 4 years, and her senile sister, Paula, who has been looked after by Irene's spirit. Paula dies just at the time when Raimunda's husband is still lying on the kitchen floor, so she can't attend the funeral. But her sister Sole goes, and attends the wake, which is held in Irene's old house. She gets a glimpse of her mother's spirit when she goes looking for the bathroom. On arriving home afterwards, she finds her mother curled up in the boot of her car very much alive and, to avoid awkward questions, she becomes Sole's Russian-born assistant in her backroom hairdressing business. An implausible situation, but one that has to be accepted to stay with this movie. The cast, apart from one or two walk-ons, is entirely female. Some of the dialogue is so rapid, it's an effort to keep up with the subtitles. But Penelope Cruz is in great form, and with a little help to her posterior, is as bewitching as ever.
Posted Friday, 15 August 2008 See my other reviews
Diego M.
Posted Wednesday, 9 April 2008 See my other reviews
Malgorzata D.
Like all of the films by Pedro - excellent!
Posted Wednesday, 19 March 2008 See my other reviews
Volver means to return, which is what I wanted to do with this movie about half way through. The filming of Penelope is totally seducing. She was stunning and the result was that I had to work extra hard to keep up with the subtitles. The story has some depth but runs out of time ands ends poorly.
Posted Tuesday, 18 March 2008 See my other reviews
Jacqueline B.
Penelope Cruz suits this type of film. She is superb and as usual Almodovar serves up a quirky slant on life with out there characters
Posted Wednesday, 12 March 2008 See my other reviews
Gerd H.
It takes a bit of time to work out how the characters are connected. You begin to wonder if the movie is a waste of time, but then it draws you in as you work out what's happening. In the end it's all fitted together so well that you realise you've seen a wonderful movie.
Posted Sunday, 2 December 2007 See my other reviews
Obviously I missed something here as I'm outnumbered in the review department! Yes, Cruz gave a good performance, but apart from that this story was just rubbish - can't believe she was up for an Oscar!!!
Posted Wednesday, 28 November 2007 See my other reviews
John F.
Terrific. Beautiful Penelope Cruz and stunning (as always) Carmen Maura head a great cast. Beautifully crafted with a nice twist at the end. Loved it.
Posted Tuesday, 16 October 2007 See my other reviews
Wendy S.
Posted Monday, 15 October 2007 See my other reviews
Niside O.
Posted Monday, 8 October 2007 See my other reviews
Piers H.
Enjoyable film, although I found the ending a bit limp.
Posted Wednesday, 3 October 2007 See my other reviews
Dawn P.
Posted Monday, 24 September 2007 See my other reviews
Ernest Bunnyford III
A great sprawling melodrama only occasionally let down by being presented in the wrong aspect ratio – unless Almodóvar intentionally chose to compose his shots as two noses talking to each other at opposite ends of the screen that is. Even with the cropped frame the tiny, rapidfire subtitles are initially a bit distracting. Still don't know what a Volver is.
Posted Thursday, 13 September 2007 See my other reviews
Valerie P.
Posted Wednesday, 22 August 2007 See my other reviews
Piya A.
Fantastic film, loved it.
Posted Tuesday, 7 August 2007 See my other reviews
Kate B.
Another moving and funny female-centred movie from Almodovar. Great performances from Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura. Story is ultimately about family and facing loss but is not intense or maudlin. Extra feature interview with Almodovar gives a good information on the village dynamics in La Mancha (where the movie is set and where he grew up) and this gives insight into the character's relationships and the film's narrative.
Posted Wednesday, 1 August 2007 See my other reviews
We gave it the 15 minutes and were just plain bored. I didnt realise it was dubbed through the entire movie. I can read quickly but when these women chatter amongst themselves, the amount of dialogue you need to read distracts entirely from what was going on on screen. After 15-20 minutes, nothing seemed to be happening and we had no idea what the story was so we gave up.
Posted Monday, 30 July 2007 See my other reviews
Matt T.
Classic Almodovar. Typical farce involving deceased relatives & family secrets. Shot in brilliant pastels. Cruz seems much more comfortable in these type of roles & Almodovar makes good use of her cleavage at important moments of the plot.
Posted Thursday, 26 July 2007 See my other reviews
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