New from The Movie Snob

Volver (B+). This is only the second movie directed by Pedro Almodovar that I have ever seen. The other one was Talk to Her, which I found incredibly repugnant. Only a glowing review of this new movie on National Review Online got me into the theater to see it. And rather to my surprise, I really liked it. It is about the women in a family from the Spanish village of La Mancha and the men who hurt them. Seriously, there are very few men in this movie, and the few there are have very little screen time. Penelope Cruz (Nine) plays Raimunda, a woman who has a no-good husband, a teen-aged daughter, a single sister, and a close female friend named Agustina. The ghost of her deceased mother also plays an important role. Although the women in the film have generally been done wrong by men (almost entirely off-screen, happily), they survive and pull through by pulling together. Cruz does a fine job and probably deserves her Oscar nomination.


5 comments on “Volver

  1. […] job, but the couple gets separated, and he has an adventure involving a prostitute (Penelope Cruz, Volver) while she has one involving an Italian movie star.  I guess the movie is supposed to be […]

  2. […] villain of this piece is none other than Blackbeard himself (Ian McShane, Scoop).  Penelope Cruz (Volver) adds the feminine element now that Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go) has jumped ship. An extended […]

  3. Douglas Frobese says:

    Dear Movie Snob, you need to see “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” (1988) possibly Almodovar’s funniest film, and I think it was one of Antonio Banderas’s early breakthrough roles.

  4. […] a movie). But Cruz, I have to say, is really growing on me, after her dynamite performance in Volver and very good one in Vicki Cristina Barcelona. I’m even starting to think she’s […]

  5. […] actors, including Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust), Penélope Cruz (Volver), and Johnny Depp (The Tourist).  Then a passenger is murdered in the middle of the night, and an […]

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