• TajLV

    ★★★½ Watched by TajLV 24 Nov, 2014

    Film #26 in my A~Z Foreign Film Challenge


    This may be a film written and directed by the renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, but it's Penélope Cruz who owns it. Her performance as struggling Madrid mom Raimunda got her Best Actress nominations at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and she won the category at Cannes as part of the film's stellar female ensemble cast.

    Raimunda travels to wind-swept La Mancha, her childhood home, to clean the grave of…

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    Better on paper
    Than on the screen, except for
    Penelope Cruz. (Swoon!)

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  • Eduardo Gomes

    ★★★★ Added by Eduardo Gomes

    Almodóvar é um diretor bastante personalista, acrescentando muito de sua vida, seus anseios e conflitos em seus filmes, "Volver" não é exceção, sendo um dos projetos mais humanos do diretor. Traduzindo o título do filme, Volver significa voltar/regressar, o que corresponde a experiência passada nas quase 2 horas do longa.
    A "volta" que o diretor propõe é o enfrentamento do próprio passado, representado aqui pela personagem da mãe. É olhando para trás, confrontando e descobrindo a si mesmo que suas…

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  • Txe_Lop

    ★★★★★ Added by Txe_Lop

    La Mancha, la superstición, la muerte, la naturalidad. Pedro Almodóvar en una de sus mejores películas con un reparto femenino increíble en el que Penélope Cruz se come la pantalla con esos ojos vulnerables que se llenan y vacían de lágrimas de forma magnífica. Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Chus Lampreave, poco más que decir. Imprescindible.

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  • Fredrik Fyhr

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Fredrik Fyhr 30 Oct, 2014

    Auteurathon: Almodóvar 16/19

    VOLVER is a sublime piece of filmmaking that truly does communicate universal and deeply personal themes and ideas in an almost invisible manner. There's a fascinating directness to the film, and an inexplicable beauty.

    Therefore I suspect I will enjoy it even more the older I get and the more I return to it. (no pun intended).

    In VOLVER, following the string of great and/or highly ambitious films that preceeds it, you're almost spoiled with Pedro Almodóvar's…

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  • Tyler Ellis

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Tyler Ellis 10 Aug, 2014

    Las fantasmas no lloran indeed!

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  • Marília Almeida

    ★★½ Watched by Marília Almeida 19 Jul, 2014

    Almodovar confuses all the time what's the real drama here. It ends as a dramatic story about a family of women, with some surprises

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  • Marshall Granger

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Marshall Granger 28 Sep, 2014

    I remember seeing this film in theaters, I was barely in high school. Seeing it now, especially after having experienced more of Almodovar and especially a lot of Hitchcock's work, this film hit me totally differently.

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  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★½ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 07 Sep, 2013

    Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver is a winning combination of some humorous absurdity with pathos. Due to a compelling set of wonderful characters (all of them female) masterfully played by a top-notch cast, sharp writing and a flawless directorial effort, this was a delightful and humane film that found with ease a way to grow honest feelings within all its weirdness.

    Penélope Cruz was fantastic in her Oscar-nominated performance as Raimunda, while Carmen Maura, who played her mother, Irene, was great also.…

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  • Ysidro Eduardo García R.

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ysidro Eduardo García R. 19 Sep, 2014

    Debo confesar que en el cuarto intento, por fin he terminado de ver Volver. Vengo de dos primeras desilusiones con el ritmo y la búsqueda infructuosa de la verdadera trama (si, en los primeros treinta minutos, y me disculpo; era un cinéfilo pobremente iniciado) donde no se hallaba sentido entre este mosaico femenino de sufrimiento y sacrificio airoso. En la tercera, admito que me dormí: eran las dos de la mañana de esos días desagraciados de insomnios insignificantes. Pero, también…

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  • kalimero

    ★★★ Watched by kalimero 16 Sep, 2014

    No soy nada de Almodovar y por eso no la vi en su momento pero lo cierto es que está bastante bien: el humor negro, las actrices, el apartado visual... eso si, la historia es predecible como ella sola y está fatalmente terminada.

    Pd: los cantaros de la Pe, irgensanta!

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  • trolleyfreak

    ★★★★★ Watched by trolleyfreak 14 Feb, 2014

    Almodóvar presented Cruz with one of the finest roles of her career in this masterpiece, an ensemble tragicomic melodrama-cum-ghost story with Pedro's strong cast of female characters each getting their opportunity to shine.

    The tone is melancholic throughout but the colour scheme is inevitably rich as the Spanish maestro casts his spell over us yet again.

    The reward for his endeavours? Acclaim and awards all over the world..

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