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Volver 2005 15

121 mins Spain Director. Pedro Almodóvar

If he really is "Godard with a human face – a happy face", as Pauline Kael claimed, Pedro Almodóvar is at his happiest with this fusion of Hitchcock, Cervantes, poignancy and obscenity. Its rendered credible thanks to Penélope Cruz, the steely matriarch of the type once played by Carmen Maura, who here plays the disturbed spirit.

It's a melodrama, no mistake, with men weak and marginalised. That's a bonus, giving the characters space to blossom without the usual clunking obstacles that studios so frequently impose.

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Directed by

Pedro Almodóvar

Featuring

Penélope Cruz

Carmen Maura

Lola Dueñas

Collection

Pedro Almodóvar Oscars - Best Leading Role Cannes Film Festival Best of BAFTA

Certificate

15 Contains moderate sex references and violence

Released

2005

Country

Spain

Language

English

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