VOLVER (Pedro Almodøvar)  
  a quick take by Tony McRae

I wasn’t surprised that the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival this year went to the five actresses in this film.  This is a kind of homage to the women who brought up and nurtured the director in a small Spanish town.  We see little of the men who when they do appear seem like mere spectators.  It’s about these women’s loves, their joys and despairs, their strength and determination.  And their respect for tradition and for the dead who never seem to have departed.  

Almodovar is certainly one of the great directors working today, perhaps the greatest.

Penelope Cruz is almost certain to be nominated for best actress.  She is one of the most gorgeous women in the movies, and Almodovar has great fun displaying her attributes, then subtlety showing us that her real assets are her smarts and competence, her will and determination, her love of family and friends.