Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Ghosts don't cry" (Simon reviews VOLVER)

One film I feel we did not discuss enough was Volver and Broken Embraces. Broken Embraces specifically as it has a great duality alongside Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

At any rate, Volver is a great film and, akin to Talk to Her, it is a much more restrained Almodóvar. Rather than focussing on identity and sexuality, it focusses on death, mourning and explicit highlights the celebration of death according to Spanish custom. 

I wrote:

"As Almodóvar is dealing with such a sensitive subject, it is no suprised that the comedic and bizarre elements are not seen - and, other than Paco's brief perversions - there is no overt-sexual scenes or sexuality-issues raised. So, though restrained for Almodóvar the colours still reek of pastels and calmness. Nothing too bold and nothing too cold - pastelly-blue's and pinks all over the place"

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