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8,012 Ratings


Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, 2006
Drama, Comedy


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

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Volver Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2006 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

2007 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

What are people saying?

  • Ethan's rating of the film Volver

    This is one of the more subtle Almodovar films. Penelope Cruz is exceptional in this. Her acting is on point and she has never looked better than she did in this film.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Volver

    Another perfect Almodovar experience. The story was truly moving and several moments nearly brought me to tears. The colors popped and the characters were so fleshed out and incredible I almost felt I knew them personally. A beautiful experience from a genius filmmaker.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Volver

    Watching Almodóvar is always a nice experience. The photography is top-notch. It is so beautiful and colorful, and still manages to fit within that world. The performances are brilliant. However, Penélope takes the prize; she is so detailed and moving, and her homage to old film stars is amazing (Cruz was told to channel Sophoia Loren). The whole story is perfect. It may be my all-time favorite Almodóvar film.

  • L.A.™'s rating of the film Volver

    Wow!wow!Wow!Please make a film in the states. To see you touch another language they way you touch spanish. To die for, this man proves time and time again that he is one of the greats. Only Welles could stretch a story the way this man does. I cannot say enough great things about his work, which is beyond top notch and always running in sync. A another film to watch with mom.

  • Lars Åndheim's rating of the film Volver

    As with many works in Almodóvar's oeuvre - the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of Spain envelopes VOLVER with an almost ridiculous intensity. It sways effortlessly between hilarious Felliniesque cinematic hyperboles, heartfelt sentiment and Hitchcockian suspense. It's not a masterpiece, but perhaps the director's most direct and beautiful ode to his country and culture. Also - as usual - extremely well acted.

  • Kurt Öhrström's rating of the film Volver

    A Beautiful masterpiece with a real Almodóvar-style to it. Penélope Cruz is amazing in a fantastic role that carries the film and should have won the Oscar easily over Helen Mirren.

  • De La Ghetto's rating of the film Volver

    Almadovar weaves together so many different textual threads, and yet his films never seem busy or rushed. A work of alchemy, tapping into the elements of the thriller, the mystery, and the gothic, and interweaving them with the real. A love letter to womanhood, the characters in this movie are lovingly written and accurately portrayed. Plus, Penelope Cruz yo. What else do you need? The scene where she sings...dam...

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Volver

    Magnifique gynécée almodovarien qui se bat et se vit avec une formidable aisance et une conviction admirable. Reste que l'oeuvre, même quelquefois brillante n'a ni la puissance, ni l'envoûtement de certaines précédentes productions du réalisateur...

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