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I finally saw Volver last night, with Liz. O. M. G. I think I might have a new favorite for 2006. It's absolutely one of my new favorites by Almodóvar. It's always hard for me to think objectively about Spanish cinema because the warm fuzzies are such a part of it for me: the people who look like people I knew as a kid; the interiors with stark-white walls, lots of dark wood, plants, and funky knick-knacks; the big earrings; and all the other little conventions of life. Who knew Penélope Cruz could be such a force of nature? The best thing she ever did was leave Hollywood. The singing scene had me in tears (I know it wasn't her singing, but still). And speaking of forces of nature, her cleavage was definitely working for her (Liz kept going on and on about it as we were leaving the theater—not embarrassing at all, naaaah), and it was covered by the most excellent cardigans EVER (covet covet covet—the knits, not the tits). Visually, the whole thing was beautifully designed and shot. But it didn't just look good. It had a heart and a brain. At first I was worried that it was going to be some kind of simpleminded feminist fable—without wanting to spoil anything, a certain revelation is made right near the end that I think is always very, very tricky to negotiate in a story—but it avoided that trap and actually delivered a lot more nuance than I was expecting.

This movie definitely pushed my "again, again" buttons. Sometimes I have to watch something over and over and over before I feel like I've taken in every bit of what it has to offer (the way I did with, oh the shame, Pride & Prejudice about a year ago). If I didn't have Stella, I'd probably be back at the theater every night this week.

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sunneschii From: sunneschii Date: January 3rd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm happy that you like the movie!

I enjoyed it a lot..... :)
islandmomma From: islandmomma Date: January 3rd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's it! I'm off to see if it's still showing around here. D-I-L and I have been saying for weeks we must see this, but somehow all the festive stuff got in the way!
ottawabill From: ottawabill Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

I so agree

Just saw Volver recently when it opened here and must see it again while it is still in town. What a wonderful moving film.
katcolorado From: katcolorado Date: January 3rd, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Penelope and Almodovar are a match made in heaven. She is so much better when she is Spanish instead of some hollywood starlet! You made me want to see that movie again...
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 4th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's this about the shame of Pride and Prejudice? I adored it--especially the interesting camera angles and tracking shots. (I bought the DVD and think I've seen it ten times since!)

Oh yeah, the long long shots in the ballroom scenes were something else.

I'm not so much embarrassed that I liked the movie, more of how many times I watched it in the theater—probably at least fifteen over the course of six weeks. Watching the DVD ten times is also a sign of devotion, but not as nutty as my own record.

That, and some people tried to tell me I was in love with Matthew MacFadyen's Darcy. He was all right, but I really wasn't going back just to see him.
inkognitoh From: inkognitoh Date: January 3rd, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
What rock have I been living under? I had no idea there was a new Almodóvar. I like this news :)
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 4th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, and I thought I was the last one to see it. You've got to go. I can't say enough good things about it!
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