The synopsis of Volver by Pedro Almodovar is quite intricate. Mr. Almodovar tries to summarize his thoughts by saying that his movies are turning harder to summarize in just a couple of sentences. He does say that the filming of the movie went quite well and all co-stars worked very well together. The making of the movie by Pedro Almodovar apparently went much better than his last movie, Bad Education, for which Almodovar was blatant about that shooting, saying that it was “absolute Hell”.
Almodovar goes on to say that he had forgot what it was like to make a movie and feel at peace; Volver brought that feeling back to him. He felt as if he suffered from making Bad Education and in making Volver, he found that the suffering did not exist. Almodovar goes on to state that he learned something of value when making Volver; it is never alright to give up. Even if he experiences negative elements in the past; one great movie such as Volver can give redemption.
Volver by Pedro Almodovar has special meaning to Almodovar; as the title itself translates into “coming back” and Almodovar feels that he did just that while making this movie. What did he come back to? He feels that he came back to comedy, the world of females, the Spanish customs, traditions and the very fabric of life in that area of the world. Volver by Pedro Almodovar allowed him to connect again with Carmen Maura after a long seventeen year wait.
Volver by Pedro Almodovar was written with Almodovar’s mother in mind; he has stated that she will always be very close to his heart. The movie does revolve around the hardships of three generations of females and what they had to endure during their lives. One element that makes this movie interesting is the character of the ghost of a mother that returns to guide her daughters. Spanish villages will often have stories of such things, although it is rare to have a movie center on such a thought. How did this movie become so popular? It is said that Almodovar feels that patience is much more important than talent; and he was stated as using a lot of it.
Making the film was therapeutic in a way; Almodovar felt that it was almost a necessary time of mourning for him and that he filled an empty space inside himself by making this movie. For anyone who loves intricate stories that span generations alone with great locales will find pleasure in this simple yet diverse movie. Volver by Pedro Almodovar took a lot of painstaking time to write, film and direct; yet many find this worth the wait.