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Volver [Blu-ray] [2006] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T0DM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I believe this is the third time that Penelope Cruz has worked with Pedro Almodovar and whilst she may have given some terrible performances in English (and been eclipsed for a while by the media nightmare that is a relationship with the other Cruise) she proves herself to be a quite exceptional actress in Volver.

Meaning 'The Return' Volver begins in the village of Alcanfor de las Infantas; a superstitious place, where it is said that the East Wind drives many inhabitants insane. Raimunda (Cruz), her daughter and her sister Soledad have come to visit the grave of their mother who was killed in a fire with her husband. Whilst there they visit their aunt Paula who, a little senile and through milk-bottle glasses, tells them that their mother is alive and living with her. Back home in Madrid, Raimunda comes home from work one day to find her daughter looking disturbed. She has stabbed the man she thought to be her father after he drunkenly tried to rape her. Whilst she deals with this Raimunda is called by her sister to be told their aunt has died. It is when returning from the funeral on her own that Soledad hears the voice of her mother calling her from the boot of the car.

The performances are all exceptional (the six actresses shared the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2006) but Cruz really shines in her role. When her drunken husband masturbates beside her in bed, after she has shrugged off his advances, we see her look of surprise, disgust and sadness as a tear wells in her eye. Later in the film she sings the song Volver to a restaurant filled by a film crew wrap party and whilst she may only be lip syncing her performance had me doubting.

Almodovar has said that the film 'is precisely about death...
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Rare are the movies who celebrate everything that life offers. Joy and despair, love and hate, living and dying, strength and weakness, good and bad. While many movies reduce life to either good or bad, painting a very simple picture of human relationships, Almodovars movies display a wide range of emotions, where a person is a Saint and a Whore, where people laugh and cry at the same time, achieving a sense of truth that other movies seldom touch.

An everlasting wind soughs around a small village in La Mancha and the cemetery, where women are cleaning the graves of their dear ones, fighting the winds destruction of their work. This opening scene already sets the tone of the rest of the movie. There are few scenes with men present, the most prominent dies within the first half hour of the movie. In Almodovars universe the women take care of everything, they are hardworking, caring, difficult and solidarity, sharing their intimate moments with each other.

As usual there are plenty of weird, funny and tragic moments in this story (which makes it almost impossible to give a summary of the incidents). The Return from the title is true in many respects, like in all his movies it has multiple meanings. But unlike his early efforts the story here is less over the top, rings truer and is leaving a big emotional impact on you. It's impossible not to be touched by this film.
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This was the first Pedro Almodavar film we'd seen and had only seen Penelope Cruz once before in the undemanding role she had in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. For the first fifteen minutes or so we thought it be the equivalent of a novel in the 'magic realism' mode or somesuch and my heart sank. But no, it took off and really gripped us. Cruz was great in her role which let her take all 'certain' events that befell her family in her stride with pragmatism and even humour. Excellent movie.
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Pronounced bol-ber and translated loosely as "to return", "Volver" is the sixteenth full-length release from what is perhaps Spain's most recognized modern director Pedro Almodóvar; and it marks a welcome, surprisingly conventional addition to his résumé. Built around familiar themes such as family, femininity and resilience, there is one theme that looms over this work more than any other; death, and more specifically the influence of death on the living psychologically, spiritually and literally. Moreover, it uses the proposed return of the dead to show how life perpetuates itself inter-generationally.

Much of the films worldwide box office success (estimated to be over $80,000,000) has been attributed to the career-defining role of Penélope Cruz, receiving Best Actress nominations at the Oscars, Academy Awards and the Golden Globes amongst others. Cruz credits Almodóvar's "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" as the reason she started acting, and the two have worked together twice before - most notably in her solid portrayal of an AIDS-ridden, pregnant nun in "All About My Mother" - and as such it seems their respectful relationship has brought out the very best in her; under his direction she gives herself to the role completely, happy to appear unflatteringly aged and to wear a prosthetic butt throughout shooting (somewhat amusingly). Carmen Maura and Lola Dueňas - who together with Cruz share the Cannes Best Actress award - are equally fantastic as the lead's sister and mother, filling the film with an understated, poignant glow.

This is a subtle triumph that carefully traverses the barrier between tragedy and comedy, and manages to be inspiringly heartwarming without a hint of cheese: beautifully written, carefully put together and faultlessly performed.
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