Volver (2006)

Reid, 29. January 2007, 20:58

Volver (2006)
Dir. Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penelope Cruz
6/10

The first question: Does Penelope Cruz deserve a nomination? Perhaps. It would depend on the other performances. I don’t consider it an award winning performance, although it’s fine. Her character and performance is in a similar–but not equal, imo–vein of Cher in Mask.

The next question: should you see it? I don’t think it’s an exceptional film, although some of you may really enjoy it. I’m pretty sure Penny and Grace will enjoy this. As for the guys, it’s hard to say.

**
This film is about a woman struggling to raise her daughter. Her daughter gets in trouble and the mother has to help her out. The woman’s sister and friend from their hometown village also plays a prominent part. (This is terrible description of the film, but I’m too lazy to do any better.) As to the type of film, it’s a melodrama, almost soap-operish.

***
This is pretty straight movie (in more ways than one) for Almodovar. It’s pretty accessible. At some point in the film, Korean TV dramas came to mind. This is also a good mother-daughter film. I recall reading that this was Almodovar’s masterpiece. I don’t feel like that at all.

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