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Transcript of Volver
José Luis Alcaine
buries body at his favorite place
covers murder for
mother + sister
grandfather + father
impulsive, impassionate & orgulous nation
important: family and friends
past: gender role - machos, men like to control women
innovative & inventive
"Movida Madrileña" - cultural revolution
national and international success
topics: problems in society, personal fortune
born in 25.09.1949, Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
in 1980 he made his first feature film
Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón
movies - colorful, but also dramatic
in the early 70s, he started to get involved in experimental cinema and made his first short films
after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 he became a nationally renowned cult figure
strong and in-
over the years he made
feature films and received a lot of awards (including two
Todo sobre mi madre
Hable con ella
Ghost of Irene (died together with her husband in a fire)
back at home: Sole finds the "ghost" of Irene
Irene starts working in her hairdresser shop
Agustina calls: suffers from cancer
last wish: what happens with her mother many years ago?
Raimunda has to visit the "ghost" of Irene
Secret: Raimunda got raped by her father - Irene didn't noticed anything
Raimunda turned away from her mother
Reality: Raimunda is Paulas sister and mother
Other secret: Irene's husband had an affair with Agustina's mother
Irene burned down the house - her husband and Augstina's mother died
Paula stabs Paco
Trouble: Raimunda can't join Sole - funeral in her hometown in "La Mancha"
melodrama blendet with tragicomedy, comedy, soap opera
using the color of red
focus on formerly taboo and censored subjects
using only his last name for his "Film By" credit ("Un Film de Almodóvar")
recurring motifs and scenes
Paco's watching television
opening scene: grave yard
almost at the end: Irene at Agustina's deathbed
Raimunda's father & Agustina's mother
shots from overhead
Thank you for your attention!
vitality, joy of living
3 generations of
get along without men
bright colors: red!
spanish: to return
mother Irene returns to her daughters/from the dead
Raimunda and Sole return to La Mancha
also a return for Almodóvar
- to his hometown
- to Carmen Maura (Irene)
Life is only a gust of wind
What twenty years are nothing
what a hectic stare
unwavering in the shadoes
it searches for you and calls
out your name
With the soul
a sweet memory
Only I'll cry..
-> Don Quijote