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8.4

To Return (2006)

Volver
Running time: 122 min | Genre: Melodrama, Family, Drama, Comedy
To Return

Synopsis

Three generations of women survive easterly wind, fire, madness, superstition and even death through goodness, lies and an unlimited vitality. They are: Raimunda, married to an unemployed worker, and her teenager daughter. Sole, her sister, who earns her living as hairdresser. And their mother, dead in a burning, with her husband. This character comes as an apparition first to her sister and then to Sole, even though the ones she had unsettled affairs with were Raimunda and her village neighbour, Agustina. ‘Volver’ is not a surreal comedy, though it might seem so at times. The living and the dead live together without problems, but provoking hilarious situations and others full of deep and genuine emotion. It is a movie about the culture of death in my native region, La Mancha. My folks there live it in astonishing simplicity. The way in which the dead are still present in their lifes, the richness and humanity of their rites makes it possible for the dead to never really die. ‘Volver’ shatters all clichés of a dark Spain and shows a Spain that is as real as it is opposed. A white Spain, spontaneous, fun, fearless, fair and with solidarity.

Ranking

IMDb
7.6
Rotten Tomatoes
9.2
Metacritic
8.4

Cast

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Leading Actress (Penélope Cruz)
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress - Drama (Penélope Cruz)
NOMINATED

Goya

Best Leading Actress (Penélope Cruz)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actress (Carmen Maura)
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Score
WINNER
Best Director (Pedro Almodóvar)
WINNER
Best Art Direction
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo)
NOMINATED
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Makeup and Hair Stylist
NOMINATED
Best Cinematography
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED
Best Art Production
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo)
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Film Not in the English Language:
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress (Penélope Cruz)
NOMINATED

César Award

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Guldbagge

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

Best Leading Actress (Penélope Cruz)
NOMINATED

David di Donatello

Best European Film
NOMINATED

Cannes Film Festival

Best Leading Actress (Yohana Cobo)
WINNER
Best Screenplay
WINNER
Golden Palm - Best Film
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Volver

Director

Pedro Almodóvar

Producer

El Deseo

Running time

122 min

Screenwriter

Pedro Almodóvar

Music

Alberto Iglesias

Cinematography

José Luis Alcaine

Year

2006

Country

Spain Spain

Box Office

Budget

€7,450,000

Gross

$85,585,147,

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