Sunday, April 15, 2007

Volver, See It!

Ron and I had another Netflix moment last night. We had just finished watching Almodóvar's Volver. The air was quiet; the credits were rolling on a black screen. "Quite a movie. What do think?" I said. He looked at me and said, "Quite a movie."

And it is. It's a compelling story of mothers and daughters, sisters, and aunts, and secrets, secrets, and secrets. It's also a story of desperation, friendship, abandonment, and family. I'm not going to give anything away to say that Penélope Cruz is completely believable as Raimunda, a working mother with a big secret. Lola Dueñas plays her sister Sole. The other leads are Blanca Portillo as Augustina, Raimunda's daughter, and Carmen Maura as Irene, Raimunda and Sole's mother.

The plot is over-the-top, but finally believable. The performances are all very strong. You should see this film.