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Pedro Almodóvar's Volver

by Don Cruise
In his three decades of filmmaking, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has resuscitated the much-maligned genre of melodrama by committing unequivocally to his wild-eyed, wild-side premises, no matter how far-fetched they may be. All glorious reds and billowing flowered sheets, Volver may be his finest film yet this millennium. Almodóvar regulars Carmen Maura and an all-grown-up Penélope Cruz shimmy irresistibly in pencil skirts through crises both imagined and real.


Carmen Maura, Penélope Cruz, in "Volver"

The plot: Raimunda lives in Madrid with her daughter Paula and her husband Paco who's always drunk. Her sister Sole is separated and work clandestinely as a hairstylist for women. The two sisters lost their parents in a fire in La Mancha their birth village years ago. In the village remains only their aunt Paula that continue to speak about her sister Irene, mother of the two, like if she is still alive. When the old aunt die the situation change and the past come back (Volver) again, in a twist of mystery and suspense.


Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz

Opens Fri 11.3
Sunshine Cinemas 143 E Houston St, 212.358.7709
$10.75

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