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Volver

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Transcript of Volver

Almodóvar's Women
Carmen Maura
Penélope Cruz
Chus Lampreave
DIRECTOR:
Pedro Almodóvar
Penélope Cruz
Carmen Maura
Lola Dueñas
Blanca Portillo
Yohana Cobo
MUSIC:
Alberto Iglesias
José Luis Alcaine
CINEMATOGRAPHY:
PRODUCTION:
Esther García
fire
sets
die in
appears
cares for
cares for
lived with
abuses sexually
reproaches
dies
buries body at his favorite place
kills
sexual harassment
covers murder for
cancer
Characters
Raimunda
Irene
Sole
Paula
Raimunda's father
Paco
Aunt Paula
Agustina's mother
Agustina
affair
mother
mother
mother
mother + sister
father
father
stepfather
grandfather + father
sister
neighbour
married
married
Penelope Cruz
Pedro Almodóvar
Spanish culture
impulsive, impassionate & orgulous nation
individuality
humor
important: family and friends
past: gender role - machos, men like to control women
Spanish movies
innovative & inventive
"Movida Madrileña" - cultural revolution
national and international success
famous actors
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
Raimunda
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
attractive/sexy

caring mother

strong and in-
dependent woman
over the years he made
18
feature films and received a lot of awards (including two
Oscars
for
Todo sobre mi madre
(1999) and
Hable con ella
(2002)
Almodóvar's trademarks
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"

Summary
melodrama blendet with tragicomedy, comedy, soap opera
female focused
complex plots
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
hospital scene
Paco's watching television
Raimunda's performance
Irene
Carmen Maura
Soledad
Lola Dueñas
Paula
Yohana Cobo
Topics
death
sexual abuse
women
superstition
opening scene: grave yard
almost at the end: Irene at Agustina's deathbed
Paco
Raimunda's father & Agustina's mother
aunt Paula
shots from overhead
CAST:
2006
Agustina
Blanca Portillo
Thank you for your attention!
vitality, joy of living
3 generations of
strong, courageous,

determined women
get along without men
survive abuse,
superstition, loneliness...
reconciliation
Symbolism
flowers
windmills

bright colors: red!

Volver
the title
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)
song named
Volver
To feel...
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


To live...
With the soul
holding onto
a sweet memory
Only I'll cry..
Raimunda's Paco
father

Raimunda Paula


-> Don Quijote
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