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(To Return)

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick


Penélope Cruz, Lola Dueñas, Carmen Maura, Blanca Portillo,

A welcome return to Almodóvar’s female-powered narratives, Volver spotlights a community of strong women striving to overcome the failures or absences of men. The strong-willed Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and her sister Sole (Lola Dueñas) forge ahead for a better life with little help from the male sex, aided by Raimunda’s teen daugher, their aunt, some plucky neighbors, and their long-lost mother (Carmen Maura), who won’t let having died years ago stop her. Fantasy, black comedy, murder, and family drama exist equally in a film that “moves beyond camp, into a realm of wise, luxuriant humanism” (New York Times).

Jason Sanders
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • José Luis Alcaine
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 121 mins
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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The women of Pedro Almodovar (article), New York Review of Books, Daniel Mendelsohn, 2007

Volver (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2007

Let them eat film (review), Variety, Scott Foundas, 2006

Spirited homecoming puts story over style (review), Variety, Jonathan Holland, 2006

Volver (program note), Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006

The landscape he loves (article), Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan, 2006

Volver (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 2006

Volver (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Andrea Gronvall, 2006

Volver (press kit), Deseo S.A.

Volver (press kit), Larsen Associates

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