Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain 2006
121 mins. Spanish dialogue with English sub-titles
Drawing inspiration from Italian neo-realism of the late 1940s and the work of pioneering directors such as Fellini, Visconti and Pasolini, Volver addresses themes of sexual abuse, loneliness and death, mixing the genres of farce, tragedy, melodrama and magic realism. Set in the La Mancha region (Almodóvar's place of birth) around an eccentric family of women, Penélope Cruz plays Raimunda, a working-class woman forced to go to great lengths to protect her teenage daughter. To assist in a family crisis, her mother comes back from the dead to tie up loose ends.
What the Critics say:
" 'Volver' catches director Pedro Almodóvar and star Penélope Cruz at the peak of their respective powers, in service of a layered, thought-provoking film."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)