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Volver (2006)

Penélope Cruz , Carmen Maura , Pedro Almodóvar  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García, Toni Novella
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T0DW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Volver" on IMDb

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Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Antonio de la Torre. Cruz earned an Academy Award-® nomination for Best Actress for her role in this charming and touching story of two feuding sisters whose mother comes back from the dead to help them settle a lifetime of unfinished business. 2006/color/121 min/R.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Film! April 7, 2007
By JoeyD
Format:DVD
A truly beautiful film! I was mesmerized throughout by the great writing, directing, cinematography, and above all the outstanding performances of all the wonderful actresses. One of the legendary grand dames of Spanish cinema Carmen Maura (the Judy Dench of Spain) gives a brilliant performance in a supporting role as Irene, the tortured matriarch trying to reconcile with her long, lost daughters. Penelope Cruz gives a performance that in almost any other year would have reaped her not only the Academy Award for Best Actress, but every other award known to man-kind as well (however, having seen the movie "The Queen" it was no doubt Helen Mirren's year). I have never seen Ms. Cruz even come close to being as great as she is in this fine film. She is not only breathtakingly beautiful as our main heroine Raimunda (ala Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani) but she seems to glide across the screen with such balletic grace and effortlessness that you can't take your eyes off of her for a second. The scenes between her and Maura in particular are simply sublime beyond words. The other three main actresses also give outstanding performances in supporting roles - Yohana Cobo (Paula, Raimunda's teenage daughter), Blanca Portillo (Agustina), and in particular Lola Duenas (Sole, Raimunda's loyal and lonely younger sister).

This is not a 'chick flick'. This is not one of those boring, esoteric, foreign films that you need to be of European descent to truly understand and appreciate. Pedro Almodar truly weaves together an absolutely wonderful story with a great message as well. These women exude such strength and inner beauty that it is almost impossible to not empathize with each one of them.
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99 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A World Without Men November 5, 2006
There is a great scene in Pedro Almodovar's latest, "Volver" that encapsulates all that this wonderful, resonant movie is about: Raimunda (a sexy, earthy Penelope Cruz who has never been better on screen) sings a gypsy/flamenco style song, having not sang in public for many years but in possession of a gorgeous singing voice, while her mother Irene (the legendary Carmen Maura), thought to be dead , discretely listens from afar. Almodovar's camera cuts between mother and daughter, both totally committed emotionally to the scene, both recalling their former lives together, estranged for years but still possessing that particular brand of love that exists only between a Mother and her daughter, both longing for lives without trials and tribulations and fear, lives without problems, without cares. "Volver" (which means to return, to come back) is nothing if not about returning to the innocence of youth: to a time when Love abounded and came without a price and without consequences. But "Volver" is also about second chances, re-tooling you life albeit, Almodovar-style which always involves some manner of the strange, the violent sometimes and the weird. This line towards re-tooling/re-imagining your life is not a straight one by any means but a zigzagged one going from "a" to "g" more often than from "a" to "b."
In "Volver" we have the extraordinary character of Raimunda played to the hilt by Penelope Cruz who has always been better in her native Spanish than she's ever been in her English films. Raimunda is strong, decisive, hard-working, married to a lout, a devoted mother and sister of Soledad (Lola Duenas) with whom she shares a strong bond now that their parents are dead.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of Almodovar! February 25, 2007
By Daryl B
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I've never been a big fan of Penlope Cruz but this film, I think, has changed that! I have been, however, a fan of Pedro Almodovar for 20 years and he gives us another strong tale centered around a group of women that involves murder, incest, ghosts and much more!

Thankfully, we see the wonderful Carmen Maura reunited with her director of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown". She really shows her talent as an actress as the mother of Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole (Lola Duenas).

The story is set around to Raimunda and Sole, two sisters who lost their parents in a fire about four years earlier. Raimunda is married to a crude drunk and Sole is a lonely young woman separated from her husband. After a tragic event occurs for Raimunda and her daughter, Paula (Yohana Cobo), Raimunda is forced to keep a secret to protect her daughter and herself. The one thing that bonds all the women is the secrets they keep. Irene (Maura), their mother, has a secret that could give the terminally ill Agustina (Blanca Portillo), who is a childhood friend of the sisters, an answer to the whereabouts of her absent mother.

The actresses in this film do AMAZING work. The story centers around Penelope Cruz who deserves the Oscar nomination she received. Carmen Maura, as usual, does a great job and another stand out is Blanca Portillo as the long suffering and loyal friend to the sisters.

If I have one criticism about the film, it just seem to end so abruptly. Other than that, Almodovar gives us another film about women that is well worth the price of your ticket as well as an addition to your dvd library. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a refreshing film about quirky and very enjoyable characters. Not your typical formulaic Hollywood script, which was a nice change. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Good watch!
Great movie. Intense story about about incest and death and the importance of friends and family. I really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by theLittleNinj4
5.0 out of 5 stars Multidimensional and Beautifully Built Story (no spoilers here!)
I began to love this film after the first 20 minutes and more as it progressed, and its themes intertwined and grew in strength. It has a strange first scene. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie capturing Madrid and La Mancha region and...
Saw this and read the English sub-titles while trying to understand the Spanish. This is colloquial Spanish from the La Mancha region of Spain so it's a little challenging for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RobertFL
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, questionable delivery (getting used to amazon instant)
Love this movie. Mixed feelings about the amazon format though, for some reason like a dufus didn't realize there wasn't an amazon channel on my apple tv ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claire Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched it without titles, it was more fun that way
It is a delight to watch the interconnection within the family and the way they treat each other, Penelope was great.
Published 6 months ago by egwtennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope always better in Spanish
You go Girl! However, the film attacks a problem, that remains taboo. Nonetheless, well done, in plot humor, and acting.
Published 7 months ago by Ronald A. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Of extra interest to a woman
Loved it! It's definitely more of a woman's movie than a man's movie. I am glad I bought it because it is worth seeing more than one time.
Published 7 months ago by Rodeo Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Almodovar!
Another best in story cast and twisted plot! Almodovar doesn't disappoint. Penelope Cruz is wonderful in this film and stands out as a new standard cast member to the Almodovar... Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. Alvira
5.0 out of 5 stars a few parts not appropriate for students
Great story for Spanish upper levels! I enjoyed the story line and the Spain accent! The kids enjoyed it as well.
Published 10 months ago by Krystal M.
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