Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni
Tim Purtell
March 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Volver

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
121 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/03/06
performer
Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura
director
Pedro Almodovar
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Pedro Almodovar
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A-

As a woman who keeps her cool even when disposing of her husband’s corpse, the Oscar-nominated Penélope Cruz whips through Pedro Almodóvar’s lively, moving dramedy Volver with a luminous confidence missing from her Hollywood flicks. Carmen Maura is equally good as a ghost (or not) who takes on an earthly mission. And don’t miss the dazzling end-credit sequence, inspired by one of the star’s cheap floral-patterned costumes. EXTRAS The director’s commentary touches on neorealism, Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain, and Cruz’s fake bum.

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