• Savannah Oakes

    ★★★★½ Added by Savannah Oakes

    At the root of Volver is a story about loss and the past, (not surprising since the title translates to “Come Back) but despite these pessimistic themes it turns out to be surprisingly charming movie. The film focuses on the lives of two sisters, Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas). At the beginning of the film they are visiting their Aunt Paula in the village/town they grew up in called La Mancha. It slowly discovered that the girls’ mother…

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  • Santimg94

    ★★★★★ Watched by Santimg94 21 Mar, 2015

    Colosal. Hasta me ha hecho plantearme si los giros tan dramáticos habituales en el director no serán tanto problema. Si sus diálogos forzados no son una forma manierista y barroca de afrontar lo rutinario. Me han emocionado los paisajes manchegos (supongo que a mi pesar la sangre es la sangre), Penélope Cruz cantándole a su madre y, por supuesto, la vuelta de una auténtica MUSA: Carmen Maura.

    Mi problema con Todo sobre mi madre (la cual me parece fabulosa) son…

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  • Matt Taylor

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Taylor 16 Mar, 2015

    A truly original story that remains consistently absorbing and oddly warm-hearted. When you step out of the film and analyze the story as a whole, not all of it makes sense and the story feels overcrowded with subplots and melodrama. But Almodovar has a way of taking the tale and making it a really powerful family drama that somehow manages to pull off all the ridiculous subplots.

    Penelope Cruz is really terrific in the lead role, disappearing completely into the…

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  • androb78

    ★★★★ Watched by androb78 22 Feb, 2015

    Revisión de 'Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto' con el estilo ya maduro... y la mirada viciada... Hay mil cosas de ella que me chirrían y sin embargo no puedo dejar de verla cada vez que se me pone por delante.

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  • feedingbrett

    ★★★★½ Watched by feedingbrett 23 Feb, 2015 8

    Review In A Nutshell:

    There is something infectious about Pedro Almodovar's films, whether it may be his passionate take on stories of melodrama or the commanding performances he draws out from his leading actors. I always seem to find myself deeply hooked into his films, an unhealthy yearning for the domestic lives of others, an intoxicating soap-opera that provides enough closure to achieve satisfaction for its audience. Soap-Opera dramas run for years, and people find themselves coming back because not…

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  • oliviajjj

    ★★★★ Added by oliviajjj

    in spanish class

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  • Anthony Albarran

    ★★★★½ Added by Anthony Albarran

    All my doubts about Penelope Cruz's acting go right out the door as soon as she acts in Spanish. Great story. Great directing. Looks great on Blu-Ray.

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  • Catherine Addington

    ★★★★ Added by Catherine Addington

    Almodóvar makes such creepy stuff but it's so hard to look away.

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  • thefilmsiveseen

    ★★★★★ Added by thefilmsiveseen

    Volver marks my third visit to the films of Almodóvar, a Spanish auteur who is a fresh blend of Fellini and fellow Spaniard Luis Buñuel. This is by far my favorite. Like Fellini's Amarcord, Volver appears to be a tribute to the women in Almodóvar's life. Here, he creates three generations of strong females who gracefully construct a wonderful plot that could also spark some memories of Bergman's film Fanny & Alexander, minus the grief. A mother and her sister lost…

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  • Diego Borin

    ★½ Rewatched by Diego Borin 26 Jan, 2015

    I shouldn't have saved this rewatch for right after Mean Streets, as Almodóvar's mise en scène and composition in here can't help but seem hopelessly mediocre in contrast to Scorsese's supreme command of the screen. Having this palpable of a counterpoint in my mind certainly affected this watch in particular.

    A movie constantly fighting with itself, Volver is part the kind of melodrama in which the comedic moments seem completely out of place and part Pushing Daisies-esque tragicomedy in bright…

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  • Lucciano Vezina

    ★★★★ Watched by Lucciano Vezina 25 Jan, 2015

    Volver may not be as strong as All About My Mother/Talk To Her, but it adds a nice dark comedy twist within the story and Penelope Cruz is beyond terrific as the lead role with many layers to her character.

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  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★½ Watched by William Kretschmer 26 Jun, 2009

    After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.
    A sometimes humorous, sometimes quite dark exploration of women's lives in Spain. The female ensemble is excellent, and Almodóvar manages to tell a complex tale in a very light tone without losing any depth.

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