Near the end of the semester, my Spanish profesora had an optional movie day for the film Volver. As someone who is a huge movie buff, and into Spanish culture I was very excited about this opportunity. Pedro Almodóvar is a renowned Spanish director, screenwriter, producer, and former actor, in fact in 2006 at the Cannes film festival this movie won the best screenplay award. If you like films with an indie vibe, full of melodramatic tendencies, flourishing motifs and comedic relief this may be the film for you. I don’t want to give too much away but this is a film that revolves around the strength, beauty, and familial love that surrond women. Our protagonist Raimunda, played by Penelope-Cruz is a hard working mother, who has to deal with a family crisis, all the while is shocked with her sister Sole when they go and visit their ailing Aunt Paula. Like the title Volver insinuates (this translates as ‘to return home’ or ‘to go back’), they leading ladies in this film get a surprise visit from someone unexpected. This visits shakes things up, and put some puzzle pieces back together as well. If you are a fan of cinematic masterpieces, and appreciate art, and a truly touching, heartwarming, and thought-provoking story, Volver may be the film for you.
A look into Spanish Cinema