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Plot, Details & Awards

Volver

(2006)

Rated R for sexual content and language.

R In Theaters 11/3/2006 , 121min.
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Plot & Details

Two sisters learn that the bonds of family don't always end after death in this gentle observational comedy drama that marks celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's 16th feature. The story explores the interactions between three generations of women in a Spanish family. Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) was born and raised in the apocryphal village of Alcanfor de las Infantas, in La Mancha, Spain. However, she now resides in Madrid, where she works as a janitor. She is married to Paco (Antonio de la Torre), an unemployed layabout, and looks after her daughter, Paula (Yohana Cobo). Raimunda's mother, Irene (Carmen Maura), died several years back (along with her father) in a house fire. Raimunda's younger sister, Sole (Lola Dueñas), also lives in Madrid and works as a hair stylist, while their aunt Paula (Chus Lampreave) still makes her home in La Mancha, with occasional help from neighbor Agustina (Blanca Portillo). The story takes an unusual and mystical twist when Agustina mentions that Irene has begun reappearing in ghostly form -- a fact questioned by Raimunda and Sole. After a murder and an unexpected family tragedy, Paula's story is indeed corroborated by the appearance of Irene's spirit (who has come to comfort her family), and Sole must decide how to respond to the long-dead mother's strange, enchanting presence.
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Genre(s): Comedy,Drama
  • Run Time: 121min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 11/03/2006
  • DVD Release Date: 04/03/2007
  • Distributor(s): Sony Classics
  • Director(s): Pedro Almodóvar
  • Starring: Penélope Cruz , Carmen Maura , Lola Dueñas , Blanca Portillo , Yohana Cobo
  • Themes: Hide the Dead Body,Redemption,Mothers and Daughters,Keeping a Secret
  • Tone: Humorous,Poignant,Reflective
  • Keywords: mother, sister
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-03-2006)
  • Language: Spanish

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Penélope Cruz Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Penélope Cruz Nominated
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Penélope Cruz Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Penélope Cruz Nominated
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Independent Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Independent Film Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Penélope Cruz Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Yohana Cobo Won
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Blanca Portillo Won
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Lola Dueñas Won
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Carmen Maura Won
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Chus Lampreave Won
2006 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Penélope Cruz Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Penélope Cruz Nominated

Goya Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Blanca Portillo Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Costume Design Bina Daigeler Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Art Direction Salvador Parra Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Original Screenplay Pedro Almodóvar Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Sound Miguel Rejas Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Sound Jose Antonio Bermudez Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Cinematography Jose Luis Alcaine Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Director Pedro Almodóvar Won
2006 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Carmen Maura Won
2006 Goya Awards Best Makeup and Hair Máximo Gattabrusi Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Editing Jose Luis Alcaine Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Sound Manolo Laguna Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Actress Penélope Cruz Won
2006 Goya Awards Best Sound Diego Garrido Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actress Lola Dueñas Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Executive/Line Producer Toni Novella Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Makeup and Hair Ana Lozano Nominated
2006 Goya Awards Best Picture Won
2006 Goya Awards Best Original Score Alberto Iglesias Won

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