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Volver Volver Promotional Poster Directed by Pedro Almodóvar Produced by Esther García (producer) Agustín Almodóvar (executive) Written by Pedro Almodóvar Starring Penélope Cruz Carmen Maura Lola Dueñas Blanca Portillo Yohana Cobo Chus Lampreave Music by Alberto Iglesias Cinematography Jose Luis Alcaine Editing by José Salcedo Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics Release date(s) March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) Running time 121 minutes Country Spain Language Spanish Budget €9.4 million Gross revenue $84,021,052 Volver (pronounced /ˌvɒlˈvɛər/; Spanish: "to come back", pronounced [bolˈβer]) is a 2006 Spanish film by director Pedro Almodóvar. Volver was one of the films competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. It eventually won two awards: Best Actress (shared by the six main actresses) and Best Screenplay.[1] The film's premiere was held on March 10, 2006, in Puertollano, Spain, where the filming had taken place. Penélope Cruz was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second Spanish woman ever to be nominated in that category. The plot originates in Almodóvar's earlier film The Flower of My Secret, where it features as a novel which is rejected for publication but is stolen to form the screenplay of a film The Freezer. Contents 1 Plot 2 Theme 3 Cast 4 Critical response 4.1 Top ten lists 5 Awards and nominations 6 Music 7 Box office 8 References 9 External links // Plot Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole (short for soledad, loneliness) (Lola Dueñas) are sisters who grew up in a small village in La Mancha but now both live in Madrid. Their parents died in a tragic fire three years prior to the beginning of the film. The events which occurred on the night of the fire are only gradually revealed, but are central to the plot. Sole returns to the village for the funeral of her elderly Aunt Paula (Chus Lampreave). Aunt Paula's neighbour Agustina (Blanca Portillo), confesses to Sole that she has heard Paula talking to the ghost of Sole's mother Irene (Carmen Maura). Sole encounters the ghost herself, and when she returns to Madrid, she discovers that the ghost has stowed away in the trunk of her car. She has brought luggage and intends to stay with Sole for a while. Sole is frightened, but agrees to let her mother stay with her: Sole operates a hair salon in her apartment, and Irene will assist Sole with shampooing and rinsing customers, posing as a Russian woman who doesn't understand any Spanish. Sole tries to determine why her mother's ghost has returned to Earth, asking her if she left anything undone in her life. Irene says that she does have issues to resolve, relating to the questions of why Raimunda hates her and why she is afraid to reveal herself to Raimunda. Meanwhile Raimunda and her daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo) have a different death to cope with. Paula's father Paco attempts to rape her, claiming that he is not really her father, and Paula stabs him in self-defense. Raimunda quickly hides the corpse in the deep-freezer of a nearby unused restaurant. The owner of the restaurant building is out of town and entrusted Raimunda with the keys so that she can show it to prospective tenants. When members of a film crew happen upon the restaurant, Raimunda strikes a deal to cater for them, and suddenly finds herself (back) in the restaurant business. Raimunda reveals to Paula that Paco was not, in fact, her biological father, and promises to tell her the whole story at a later time. Agustina is diagnosed with cancer and must go to Madrid for medical treatment. Raimunda visits her in the hospital. Agustina asks Raimunda if she has seen her mother's ghost. Agustina hopes that the ghost will be able to tell her about the fate of her own mother, who disappeared three years ago without a trace. Raimunda undertakes the task of disposing of Paco’s remains: she leaves Paula with Sole, rents a van and transports the freezer to a convenient spot by the river Júcar, 180 kilometres away. While staying in Sole's apartment, Paula meets her grandmother's ghost and grows close to her. The next night, Agustina comes to the restaurant to renew her request to Raimunda to ask her mother’s ghost about her own mother's whereabouts. She reveals two startling secrets: that Raimunda's father and Agustina’s mother were having an affair and that Agustina's mother disappeared on the same day that Raimunda’s parents died in the fire. Sole finally confesses to Raimunda that she has seen their mother's ghost and that the ghost is, in fact, watching television in the next room with Paula. Raimunda is confused, angry, and frightened, but Paula urges her to tell her the truth: is she really alive, and not a dead spirit? Irene admits that she did not, in fact, die in the fire, and reveals the whole truth. We learn that the reason for Raimunda and Irene's estrangement is that Raimunda's father sexually abused her, resulting in the birth of Paula; thus Paula is Raimunda’s daughter and also her sister. Raimunda had been angry with her mother for never noticing and ending this abuse. Irene tells Raimunda that she was furious with herself when she found out. Irene explains that, due to her husband’s affair with Agustina’s mother and his abuse of Raimunda, she started the fire that killed him. The ashes that had been presumed to be Irene’s were, in fact, the ashes of Agustina's mother. Because she had been frightened of being caught, Irene had hidden for years in her sister’s house, helping to care for her when she lost the ability to look after herself. Due to the superstitious nature of the community, whose residents were accustomed to tales of the dead returning, rare sightings of herself had been passed off as "un fantasma", a ghost. The film ends with the family reunited at Aunt Paula’s house. Irene reveals her presence to Agustina, who believes Irene to be a ghost. Irene pledges to stay in the village and care for Agustina as her cancer worsens, saying to Raimunda that it was the least that she could do after killing Agustina's mother. In the last scene Raimunda visits her mother at Agustina's house. The two embrace and tell one another that they now have time to repair their relationship. Theme Almodóvar says of the story that “it is precisely about death...More than about death itself, the screenplay talks about the rich culture that surrounds death in the region of La Mancha, where I was born. It is about the way (not tragic at all) in which various female characters, of different generations, deal with this culture.”[2] The plot of Volver follows the plot of a movie-within-the-movie based on the main character's novel in Almodóvar's 1995 film La flor de mi secreto. Cast Penélope Cruz as Raimunda Carmen Maura as Irene Lola Dueñas as Soledad (Sole) Blanca Portillo as Agustina Yohana Cobo as Paula Chus Lampreave as Tía Paula Antonio de la Torre as Paco Carlos Blanco as Emilio Critical response The film received rave reviews when it was released in Spain. Fotogramas, the country's top film magazine, gave it a five-star rating.[3] It also received a standing ovation when it was screened as part of the official selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and won the Best Screenplay award as well as the award for Best Actress — which was shared by the six stars of the film.[1] In addition, the film received two nominations at the 2006 Golden Globes: Best Actress for Penélope Cruz as well as Best Foreign Language Film. Cruz also received Academy Award, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress. The film has received a Certified Fresh rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes, scoring 91 percent on the site's "Tomatometer", as well as 91 percent from the users on the site. Top ten lists The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2006.[4] 2nd - Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle 3rd - Glenn Kenny, Premiere 3rd - Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times 3rd - Richard Corliss, TIME magazine 3rd - Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 4th - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon 4th - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 4th - Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter 5th - Desson Thomson, The Washington Post 6th - Claudia Puig, USA Today 6th - Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club 7th - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 8th - A.O. Scott, The New York Times 8th - Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club 8th - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter 8th - Stephen Holden, The New York Times 9th - Shawn Levy, The Oregonian 10th - David Ansen, Newsweek 10th - Lou Lumenick, New York Post General top ten Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times Carrie Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal Liam Lacey and Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail Awards and nominations Academy Awards (0/1): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) 2006 Cannes Film Festival(2/2):[1] Best Actress (Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo and Chus Lampreave) Best Screenplay (Pedro Almodóvar) BAFTA Awards (0/2): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Best Foreign Language Film Broadcast Film Critics (0/2): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Best Foreign Language Film Chicago Film Critics (0/2): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Best Foreign Language Film César Awards (0/1): Best Foreign Film Empire Awards (1/1): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) European Film Awards (4/6): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Best Cinematographer (José Luis Alcaine) Best Composer (Alberto Iglesias) Best Director (Pedro Almodóvar) Best Film Best Screenwriter (Pedro Almodóvar) Golden Globe Awards (0/2): Best Actress - Drama (Penélope Cruz) Best Foreign Language Film Goya Awards (5/14): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Best Director (Pedro Almodóvar) Best Film Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias) Best Supporting Actress (Carmen Maura) Best Cinematography (José Luis Alcaine) Best Costume Design (Sabine Daigeler) Best Make-Up and Hairstyles (Massimo Gattabrusi and Ana Lozano) Best Production Design (Salvador Parra) Best Production Supervision (Toni Novella) Best Screenplay - Original (Pedro Almodóvar) Best Sound Best Supporting Actress (Lola Dueñas) Best Supporting Actress (Blanca Portillo) National Board of Review (1/1): Best Foreign Language Film Satellite Awards (1/4): Best Foreign Language Film Best Actress - Drama (Penélope Cruz) Best Director (Pedro Almodóvar) Best Screenplay - Original (Pedro Almodóvar) Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (0/1): Best Actress (Penélope Cruz) Vancouver Film Critics (1/1): Best Foreign Language Film Music Tango by Alfredo Le Pera Volver, celebrated because the Carlos Gardel´s interpretation, is converted to flamenco and is sung in the movie with the voice of Estrella Morente and lip synced by Penélope Cruz. The dance tune playing at the party prior to Raimunda's lip syncing is called "Good Thing" by British three-piece indie-dance combo Saint Etienne. Box office In the US alone, as of May 9, 2007, the film had made $12,897,993 (15.4% of total) in the box office, after 26.4 weeks of release in 689 theatres. The box office figure from the rest of the world is somewhere in the region of $71,123,059 (84.6% of total) according to the results of 'BoxOfficeMojo'. The total worldwide gross was estimated at $84,021,052.[5] As of January 22, 2007, the film had grossed $12,241,181 at the Spanish Box Office.[6] References ^ a b c "Festival de Cannes: Volver". Retrieved 2009-12-13.  ^ A Volver Diary by Pedro Almodóvar ^ Fotogramas ^ "Metacritic: 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ Volver (2006) ^ Volver (2006) - International Box Office Results External links Volver at the Internet Movie Database Volver at Allmovie Volver at Rotten Tomatoes Volver at Metacritic Official website: Volver at Sony Pictures Classics Volver Production Notes Review Awards Preceded by La Vida Secreta de las Palabras Goya Award for Best Picture 2007 Succeeded by La Soledad Preceded by The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Cannes Film Festival Prix du scénario 2006 Succeeded by The Edge of Heaven v · d · eFilms directed by Pedro Almodóvar 1980s Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980) • Labyrinth of Passion (1982) • Dark Habits (1983) • What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984) • Matador (1986) • Law of Desire (1987) • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) 1990s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) • High Heels (1991) • Kika (1993) • The Flower of My Secret (1995) • Live Flesh (1997) • All About My Mother (1999) 2000s Talk to Her (2002) • Bad Education (2004) • Volver (2006) • Broken Embraces (2009) 2010s The Skin I Live In (2011)