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116 min.
Spain Spain
Pedro Almodóvar
Alberto Iglesias
José Luis Alcaine
El Deseo
Drama. Comedy | Melodrama. Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
Three generations of women survive easterly wind, fire, madness, superstition and even death through goodness, lies and an unlimited vitality. They are: Raimunda, married to an unemployed worker, and her teenager daughter. Sole, her sister, who earns her living as hairdresser. And their mother, dead in a burning, with her husband. This character comes as an apparition first to her sister and then to Sole, even though the ones she had unsettled affairs with were Raimunda and her village neighbour, Agustina. ‘Volver’ is not a surreal comedy, though it might seem so at times. The living and the dead live together without problems, but provoking hilarious situations and others full of deep and genuine emotion. It is a movie about the culture of death in my native region, La Mancha. My folks there live it in astonishing simplicity. The way in which the dead are still present in their lifes, the richness and humanity of their rites makes it possible for the dead to never really die. ‘Volver’ shatters all clichés of a dark Spain and shows a Spain that is as real as it is opposed. A white Spain, spontaneous, fun, fearless, fair and with solidarity.
2006: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Penélope Cruz)
2006: Golden Globe: Nominated for Best Actress Drama & Foreign Film
2006: 5 Goya Awards, including Best Movie, Director & Actress (Cruz). 14 Nom.
2006: Cannes Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Female Cast)
2006: 5 European Film Awards: including Best Director, Best Actress (Cruz)
2006: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Cruz) & Foreign Film
2006: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2006: David of Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best European Movie
2006: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2006: National Board of Review (NBR): Best Foreign Film
2007: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nom. Best Foreign Language Film & Actress
2006: 2 Nominations Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress, Foreign Language Film
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Penélope Cruz)
2006: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Film
2006: Sur Awards: Best Foreign Film
2006: Chicago Film Critics Association: 2 Nom., incl. Best Foreign Picture
2006: Forqué Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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