Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Movie Review - Volver

Penelope Cruz was nominated as best leading actress for the Oscar for her role in "Volver." I haven't seen too many of her films, but she acted very well in this film. The film's storyline was unique as a mother returns from the dead and there are lots of secrets - some deadly ones are told early on, and others are revealed at the end.
This movie is about mothers and daughters. They show Raimunda's relationship with her mother when she was alive and how it differed after her death. And, then a mother and daughter have a second chance at their relationship. There's another woman who needs closure and a resolution with her own mother. Also, Raimunda's fierce love for her daughter is so strong and shows what she will sacrifice for her daughter. She plays a practical, astute, and strong woman.
I'll be sexist and say I'm impressed a male director/writer, Pedro Almovodar, had executed the depiction of the complex mother-daughter relationship so well. There are lots of strong women in this - the mothers, the daughter and even the local prostitute is a smart and strong woman.
I had to laugh at certain shots which focused directly on Penelope's beautiful cleavage, either in profile or an aerial shot down her shirt. And, her breasts even become topic of conversations -- only in European films! (Bollywood shows everything, but pretends it doesn't.)
By the way, I think she has the most beautiful eyes, which bat and tear for the camera as well.
It reeks of being a chick-flick, but it's not -- there's a corpse in the midst.


ZenDenizen said...

Pedro is a gay libran male which means he is bound to understand women better than women themselves :)

Anonymous said...

LOL - you know more about Pedro than I do! With all those cleavage shots, I swore he was straight. :-)

Anonymous said...

Since you liked Almodovar, try his earlier hable con ella (highly recommended), todo sobre mi madre and carne tremula. He has very strong women portrayals in all his movies except maybe la mala educacion, which is still pretty good.

Anonymous said...

This is the 2nd recommendation for "Bad Education" (La Mala Educacion) I'm getting on this board. Will check it out.