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Movie Review: Volver

Alternate Title: Mother Love

Story: Nobody adores women on film more than the brilliant director and writer, Pedro Almodovar. He writes films for and about women at all stages of their lives and he loves them all regardless of shape, age or disposition.

This is far from Almodovar's best film but it is a must see for fans and for anyone who loves cinema. The story involves a multigenerational family of women, their secrets, their dreams and their foibles. The film goes off on some tangents that bog it down but his overall joy of film-making bursts through the occasional negative parts.

His cinematographer, Jose Luis Alcaine continues to bring Almodovar's vision to the screen in the usual fabulous beautiful manner. His scenes are filled with interesting camera angles, blasts of color and is basically a visual delight.

Go to your local cinema and delight in another Almodovar film.

Acting: Penelope Cruz should not make films with anyone else but Almodovar.She is radiant, warm, engaging and beautiful. Carmen Maura as the returned grandmother was perfect. Lola Duenas, as the sister was great, Blanca Portillo as Augustina was terrific as was young Yohana Cobo as the young daughter.

Predilection: I am a big fan of Almodovar.

Food: Food plays a large part in this delicious film. The preparation of the feasts is dwelled upon and you are guaranteed to leave the theater hungry.

Soundtrack: A wonderful track by Alberto Iglesias

Opening Titles: Almodovar is known for his enormous palette in his titles. No disappointment here.

Visual Art: As previously said, Almodovar is an artist. His entire film is a painting.

Theater Audience: A fairly crowded theater filled with delighted Almodovar fans.

Weather: The rain is Spain was not featured in this film. It was warm, sunny and mighty windy.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all even when the film meandered.

Predictability Level: moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Why not?

Big Screen or Rental: If you are not familiar with Almodovar, do yourself a favor and rent some of his films. You will become a fan. Bad Education, Talk to Her, All About My Mother, Live Flesh, High Heels, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Length: Two hours.