• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    How would you like to spend the afterlife? Hanging around in a tunnel of pure light, welcoming new arrivals from among your family and friends? It seems to me a dreary prospect. You'd run out of customers in a generation or two. And how boring to smile and beckon benevolently all the time. My Aunt Martha would more likely be cutting the cards for a game of canasta.

    In Pedro Almodovar's enchanting, gentle, transgressive "Volver," a deceased matriarch named Irene…

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  • saulcastillo

    ★★★★ Rewatched by saulcastillo 08 Mar, 2014

    Siempre que la reviso disfruto como un enano con este hechizo de película. Es un relato perfectamente contado y del que considero muy difícil no salir satisfecho.

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  • Dirk van Eck

    ★★★½ Watched by Dirk van Eck 18 Jan, 2014

    066/100

    Mysterious crime-like movie, which exceeded my expectations greatly. The abstruseness that covers the setting in depth allows the characters to transcend the everyday normality that is depictured most of the time.

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  • Daniel Sarath

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Sarath 26 Feb, 2014

    Melodrama and black comedy as presented through the distinctively lush vision of Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar. The colours are gorgeous, Cruz is like a classic Hollywood star and those smacks of the lips -- it all makes this unusually brilliant film about the lasting impressions of those who have died so, so entertaining.

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  • runningboffin

    ★★★½ Watched by runningboffin 25 Feb, 2014

    Another of Almaldovar's studies of the lives of women. The performances start off somewhat ham fisted but settle as the film progresses. The interplay in the plot of the old and superstitious versus the modern and secular is deftly handled by the character of the mother, Irene. It's always a pleasure to watch Penelope Cruz grace the screen.

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  • JoseIgnacioWert

    ★★★★★ Added by JoseIgnacioWert

    Tras la enorme decepción que supuso La mala educación (2004), Almodóvar sale más que airoso de su película más difícil. Encontrar el tono adecuado para narrar una historia que nada entre la comedia y la tragedia y no hace ascos a determinados aspectos sobrenaturales (magníficamente resueltos, eso sí) era una tarea difícil especialmente en un realizador que pecó en el pasado de mezclar demasiados elementos inconexos.

    Los pasajes más manchegos son realmente antológicos y el trabajo de las actrices resulta…

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  • Joel

    ★★½ Added by Joel

    Volver follows a group of five women from a strange, twisted, broken-up family from a small village in Spain. It's advertized (confusingly) as colourful melodramatic comedy, and while Volver is somewhat genre eccentric, what I love most is the film's thickly-spread commentary. Volver is a film about women, tradition and life.

    Firstly, this film has amazing characterization. The hardships and tribulations of these women is remarkable, and through it their resolve shines. Every speechless conversation, passing encounter and casual favour…

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  • Jook

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jook 17 Feb, 2014

    Volver is Pedro Almodovar's Penelope Cruz-shaped gift to the world. It's all about her. She is like a great painting and he is a museum, framing and lighting her face perfectly in every scene, showing her off in as much detail and with as much adoration as possible. If you were unconvinced of Cruz's beauty then you won't be once you've seen this. Almodovar knew what he was doing and she doesn't let him down. It's one of my favourite…

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  • Landry Smith

    ★★★★ Watched by Landry Smith 12 Feb, 2014

    Volver is the second Pedro Almodovar movie I've seen. I watched Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown last semester. Volver is the better of the two films, in my opinion. The two biggest strengths of Almodovar are his use of color and his portrayal of women. In both films, he portrays women as strong, confident, and willing to do anything to protect their livelihoods and their loved ones. In Volver he uses the color red in a variety…

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  • Bintang Lestada

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Bintang Lestada 10 Feb, 2014

    Yesterday, I watched this movie again because I'm bored.

    This is still one of the best movies I've ever seen in my entire 19 years of life.

    I love all the performances. The message of the movie is too strong. When it comes to family, you deserve a second chance.

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  • Doc Cortex

    ★★★★ Watched by Doc Cortex 18 Jul, 2013

    Occasionally a film brings to life a location with such vividness and realism that you feel absorbed into the setting. Volver’s representation of the superstitious little village of Alcanfor de las Infantas and surrounding area is one of those moments. You want to return and live there long after the film has finished, such is the warmth, emotion and detail that is generated. And although not situated in the village, you want to share a meal at Raimunda’s restaurant and…

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