• AlecinRealLife

    ★★★★ Watched by AlecinRealLife 15 Aug, 2014

    This was strange. But also beautiful! How great is Penelope Cruz, man?

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  • Fesapo

    ★★★½ Watched by Fesapo 05 Feb, 2007

    77/100

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  • Josh Larsen

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Josh Larsen 20 Jul, 2014 3

    Take that, death.

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  • Ali Heidari

    ★★★★ Watched by Ali Heidari 14 Jul, 2014

    I'm not going to tell you what the film is about because what was about for me it may not be for you and one of the many pleasures of the film is to find yourself there. Just let me say that after the Sahara, Vanilla Sky and Captain Corelli's Mandolin's adventures in Hollywood, I had discarded Penelope Cruz as an actress, completely. Well, "Volver" made me swallow my judgment. She is, quite simply, spectacular. A sort of Sophia Loren…

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  • Drebin

    ★★★★★ Watched by Drebin 05 Apr, 2014

    A master class of tone balancing as it transitions from melodrama to farce, and then back again. Narratively speaking its revelations and twists are wonderfully bonkers, yet it somehow doesn’t feel that way as it unfolds. The rich, bold palette is totally embracing and beautiful - elevated camp of the highest order. Women as a life force, and the cast completely realizes this doctrine. Definitely the first women-centred Almodovar drama (The Skin I Live In is more of a thriller, and Banderas struck me as the focus) I’ve fully gone for, rather than merely admiring from a distance.

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  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★ Added by Matt Heiser

    The biggest problem I had with this movie was that the sisters, upon seeing their mother again after like 15 years, aren't immediately like "how could you abandon us for all those years?" and "how did you fake your death" and instead assume she's a ghost come back to look over them. I mean, REALLY??? Are Spanish people really generally this superstitious? I mean, really. Despite this issue, the movie is interesting, otherwise.

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  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★ Added by Matt Heiser

    The biggest problem I had with this movie was that the sisters, upon seeing their mother again after like 15 years, aren't immediately like "how could you abandon us for all those years?" and "how did you fake your death" and instead assume she's a ghost come back to look over them. I mean, REALLY??? Are Spanish people really generally this superstitious. I mean, really. Despite this issue, the movie is interesting, otherwise.

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  • Owen Hughes

    ★★★★ Watched by Owen Hughes 25 Apr, 2014 3

    I'm fairly new to the work of Pedro Almodóvar, having only seen - and really enjoyed - The Skin I Live In a few months back. After being massively disappointed by Bad Education, I was unsure about Volver, but I'm glad to say it was very good indeed.

    I had always wondered quite where the fuss about Penélope Cruz came from. Of course she's a beautiful lady and has been in some good films throughout her career, but I'd never…

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  • yaykisspurr

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by yaykisspurr 26 Jun, 2014

    I sorta saw this before in the theater. Well I sat in the seat but I slept for most of it - I only remember two moments: Cruz's boob shot from above and when she talks to her mom on the bench. Yeah I totally didn't get it so I knew I had to see it again. I always thought it a shame that I didn't understand the story.

    Well I have to say I loved it!! Penelope Cruz is…

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  • Si Sharp

    ★★★½ Watched by Si Sharp 09 Jun, 2014

    Wonderfully light of touch while dealing with dark subject matter. Cruz does excellently with a complex character. There's a couple of sub-plots that don't really finish anywhere which makes the film feel like an authentic slice of life, or a little half-arsed depending on your perspective.

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  • Michael Offerosky

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Michael Offerosky 07 Jun, 2014

    Pedro Almodovar is one of the world's best directors and VOLVER is up to his usual standard of excellence. Rainmunda (Penelope Cruz) and Sole are sisters and lost their parents in a fire six years before. All of a sudden their dead mother has been making appearances. One day she makes an appearance to Sole and decides to help her with her manless life and keep her company. Meanwhile, Rainmunda is having problems with her husband. He's dead, Rainmunda's daughter…

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  • rshepherd138

    Watched by rshepherd138 04 Jun, 2014

    Definition of melodrama.

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