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Richmond Hill's rating of the film Volver

Apart from Bergman - in a different situation - can there be a Director with such certainty and sure-handedness in crafting something of conviction from the most unlikely elements? Volver is however rather low on energy in the intertwining plot-craft expected in latter Almodóvar webbing a simple, occasionally affecting, lattice of maternally familial nonsenses but little more. The playing however is effective.