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In Brief: World Cinema revisits Pedro Almodóvar's Volver (2006) — perhaps the filmmaker's most accessible and mellow work. It should be noted, however, that mellow is a relative term. The film contains child abuse and no fewer than three murders (understandable murders), but when put up against such Almodóvar fare as Bad Education (2004) or The Skin I Live In (2011), this is like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Clearly, Almodóvar was in a nostalgic frame of mind — possibly because the film marked the return of Carmen Maura to his roster of performers after 18 years — and it paid off with one of his sweetest movies. Even though it’s in typical Almodóvar form — that’s to say its plot stays within the supercharged soap opera concept — Volver is a comparatively lighthearted work, but not a lightweight one. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally posted on Sept. 15, 2015.
Genre: Drama-Comedy
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Volver on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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