Volver (2006, Spanish Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Penélope Cruz: Raimunda
Carmen Maura: Irene
Lola Dueñas: Sole
Blanca Portillo: Agustina
Yohana Cobo: Paula
Chus Lampreave: Tía Paula

Volver (2006)

Many years after the death of their parents in a fire, Raimunda and her sister, Sole, still travel from Madrid to their small home village to tend the grave. A time of great upheaval is soon to encroach, however, as, when they return home, Raimunda’s daughter Paula finds herself in a very serious situation.


This is a film that deals with some very serious subjects (child abuse and murder) with a wonderfully deft, down-to-earth touch. Almodóvar is not always the most subtle of directors so this movie comes as a pleasant surprise (it could easily have been a BBFC 12A on another day). What we do expect from the legendary Spanish director is his wonderful ability to write and direct women who are so much more than somewhere to put a penis. Penélope Cruz is charismatic, engaging and, yes, voluptuous as the lead character while the story turns out to be much more interesting than us short-sighted fellas might expect of an all-female drama. It all feels simple and easy but this is down to the skill of writing and acting. Volver is the name of the song Cruz’s character sings (but not Cruz herself).

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, adult dialogue and substance abuse and unpleasant and gory scene and inferred masturbation scene.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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