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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolver during her life.


Studio Sony
SKU 204086851
UPC 043396152830
UPC 14 00043396152830
Format DVD
Release Date 7/22/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Cruz,Penelope
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Cast & Crew
Agustin Almodovar - Executive Producer
Alberto Iglesias - Original Music By
Antonio de la Torre - Actor
Blanca Portillo - Actor
Carlos Blanco - Actor
Carmen Maura - Actor
Chus Lampreave - Actor
Esther Garcia - Producer
Jose Luis Alcaine - Cinematographer
Jose Salcedo - Editor
Lola Duenas - Actor
Pedro Almodovar - Director
Pedro Almodovar - Writer
Penelope Cruz - Actor
Salvador Parra - Production Designer
Yohana Cobo - Actor
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz, Best Actress in a Leading Role,British Academy Awards, Agustin Almodovar, Pedro Almodovar, Best Film not in the English Language,Golden Globe, Volver, Best Foreign Language Film,Golden Globe, Penelope Cruz, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Penelope Cruz, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Penelope Cruz, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Winner (2006) Cannes Film Festival, Penelope Cruz, et. al., Best Actress,Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar, Best Screenplay
Nominee (2006) Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar, Golden Palm Award
Review The great Pedro Almodovar is back. And after his dark Bad Education (2004), he returns to the light with the lively Volver. With the filmmaker reuniting with the wonderful Carmen Maura for the first time in 17 years, and populating his movie with an estrogen-centric ensemble, comparisons to his classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown are inevitable...Almodovar's affection for mothers (beginning with his own), and for women in general, is evident in every single frame of the film. The actresses get to play characters with rich inner lives and real meat on their bones (even if the slender Cruz's fanny is the product of prosthetics). Cruz has the most prominent role, and she's never been better, imbuing Raimuda with resilience, determination, and humor. In fact, the entire cast is wonderful.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In Pedro Almodovar's enchanting, gentle, transgressive "Volver," a deceased matriarch named Irene (Carmen Maura) has moved in with her sister Paula (Chus Lampreave), who is growing senile and appreciates some help around the house, especially with the baking...Almodovar is above all a director who loves women -- young, old, professional, amateur, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, dead, alive...He also achieves a vivid portrait of life in a village not unlike the one where he was born...It is refreshing to see Cruz acting in the culture and language that is her own. As it did with Sophia Loren in the 1950s, Hollywood has tried to force Cruz into a series of show-biz categories, when she is obviously most at home playing a woman like the ones she knew, grew up with, could have become.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Cruz,Penelope
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...reinforces [Almodovar's] status as one of the most distinctive and talented filmmakers working today.
David Ansen, NewsWeek ...flows effortlessly between peril and poignancy, the real and the surreal, even life and death.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post ...a deeply entertaining experience that engages our hearts as well as our funny bones.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...performances so subtle and complex it's hard to single out only one as exceptional. But Cruz is astonishing.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...Almodovar's passionate tribute to the community of women...You do not want to miss this one.

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