Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Country: Spain. Year: 2006. Running Time: 121 minutes. Genre: Comedy, Mystery and Drama. Rated PG-13 (No sex or nudity! Perfect for school classrooms)
Themes: La Mancha, family, traditions, customs, women, motherhood, rural vs. urban, solidarity, magical realism and death.
*31 Questions that students must answer while watching the film.
Movie Guide to one of the best Spanish Films of all times. I use this film in the classroom to show Spanish culture and magical realism, but also the different traditions that exist in Spain. Wonderfully acted film by Penelope Cruz, which won her an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
From two-time Academy Award(r)-winner Pedro Almodóvar (2003, Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her; 2000, Best Foreign Language Film, All About My Mother) comes VOLVER, a comedic and compassionate tribute to women and their resilience in the face of life's most outrageous tribulations. A luminous Penélope Cruz leads an ensemble of gifted actresses, including Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). Raimunda (Cruz) and her sister Sole lost their parents in a tragic fire years ago...or did they? Superstitious villagers claim that the girls' departed mother, Irene (Maura), has been seen wandering around their Aunt Paula's home. When Irene appears to Sole, she explains that she has returned to set right her daughters' troubled lives and reveal shocking secrets that will impact everyone! Raimunda has "female troubles" of her own, least of which is a corpse in the freezer! Winner of numerous film festival and critics' awards, VOLVER is a hilarious tale of love, loss and forgiveness.