Volver

I saw Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” a few weeks ago and loved it, great performances and a compelling and strange story. A couple of days ago I also watched “Talk to her” and once again I really enjoyed it, perhaps even more than Volver. They are such well crafted stories, well written and wonderfully acted. Strangely, while having heard a lot about Almodovar in the last few years, I still hadn’t seen a single movie by him, now I will have to rent all the others.

8 Responses to “Volver”

  1. Lee-Roy Says:

    All About My Mother was the first Almodóvar film I saw and I was stunned into appreciation of his work. Talk to her is perhaps his most beautiful film, in my opinion, though I’ve yet to see Volver. Trying to decide what movie to see this afternoon. Maybe I’ll go for that one!

    Also, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down is a classic and a funny look at, what’s-his-name, Antonio Banderas’s early days.

  2. cK Says:

    Talk to Her is such a compelling movie. He blurs the lines between “Love”, “Dedication”, “Obsession”, and “Sexual Abuse”. It is definately the thought provoking film. The extra bonus is the private concert by Caetano Veloso which is one of special gems of movie. I actually rented the movie just to see Veloso sing. He is poet as well as political activist. Amazing…. I agree with Lee-Roy. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down is a classic. I have not seen it in awhile so I added to my Netflix.

    cK

  3. Lee-Roy Says:

    Hey Enrico and cK. I didn’t go see Volver the other night, because it’s only playing at one theatre near me and unfortunately it’s the highly overpriced and overrated one that I’m trying to boycot (the Arclight in Los Angeles). So instead, I saw Venus with Peter O’Toole and loved it. I’m hoping he gets the Oscar.

  4. john Says:

    I haven’t seen Volver yet, but I am a big fan of Almodovar. A friend told me that Pedro came of age (from a boy to a man) just as Franco’s regime ended in the 70′s. After living under such totalitarian rule and repression, Spainish society let loose and really was like his films, gay, straight, transexual and transvestites all very out in the open and society in general very tolerant – a wonderful vision, which he repeats in every film.

    You can tell I’m not an expert, but if anyone knows more please tell me. After my friend’s comment, I looked at Almodovar’s films in a completely different way .

  5. Enrico Says:

    Lee-Roy- I have all about my mother next on my netflix queue … I can’t wait ! :)
    Tie me up tie me down isn’t available in the US on DVD as of now it seems … :(

    cK- you are very right about Talk to her … very very subtle and fine line it walks … making you feel such mixed feelings …

    Lee-Roy – I saw Venus last week as well, I enjoyed it … and strangely I found some parallels with Talk to her … the line the movie walks is also very subtle … and far from cliches … one moment you feel for these characters and another moment they’re behaving close to dispicable.
    Thought provoking in a similar way to Talk to her …
    On a side note, what the heck were they thinking with those posters ?? Zombie O’toole ?

    John- I have also heard the same of the era after Franco’s demise … especially in Madrid in those years a ton of wonderful artists flourished inspired by the newly found freedom …

    Enrico

  6. cK Says:

    I really do not know all the background on Almodovar but for sure, I have backlogged a lot of movies on Netflix. But, in general, I think that creative juices really start flowing against the backdrop of conservative society.

    Jackson Pollock, Allen Ginsburg (the Howl), John Coltrane (Giant Steps) vs. the conversative 50s Eisenhower, Leave it to Beaver

    Picasso (Guernica) vs. Spanish Civil War

  7. nancylorenz Says:

    I loved Talk to Her. It was disturbing, sweet, compelling. It was my first Almodovar film, and afterwards I went on an Almodovar binge at the video store. I didn’t think any of the others compared. I definitely want to see Volver.

  8. Carlos Says:

    Hi there! I’m in Madrid, this is my hometown; here we all love Almodovar’s work, since always. He might not have been always the strong and superb director he’s become nowadays, but he’s been always pushing limits. You are almost quite right about his coming of age. He was born in a village most in the fashion he shown in Volver, and he grow up surrounded by women, strong women as he likes to say, and so to speak, Volver is an homenage to the women from his childhood memories. He came to Madrid looking for his big break, and for a long time he worked for telefonica, the mayor Spanish phone company, while making his rounds at night in the ‘movida madrileña’ that was the melting pot of ideas and freedom seeker right after Franco’s demise. He made his first movie filming weekends with friends and it took him two years to finished, and when it opened was the most outrageous thing anyone ever saw,”Pepi, Luci Bon y otras chicas el montón”. After that he did the usual: drugs, sex, singing, transvestite, performances… you name it; but he managed always to be on the front row of advancement for ideas, not so much as for culture, but an effort to come out of the 40 years of Dark Ages we suffered.
    All has been an incredible ride since then. I have to say that at the beginning I didn’t like his films, but when he opened “Que he hecho para merecer esto (What have I done to deserve this)” my view changed and started to really appreciate his craft, his mastery to show emotions and pure devotion for cinema, women and life itself.
    My advice… try to see as many film as you can from him. And truly, “Volver” and “All about my mother” are two of his major films.