Volver. 2006. Spain. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. With Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles. 121 min.
Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas) are sisters in a working-class neighborhood south of Madrid whose parents died a few years prior in a tragic fire. One day, their dead mother Irene (Carmen Maura) returns as a ghost to resolve issues with Raimunda, who is busy dealing with her husband’s death and calming her daughter. Mysteries unfold in this story filled with death, incest, adultery, murder, fear, and humor. The ensemble cast of six female actors jointly won the Best Actress award at Cannes, and Cruz became the first Spaniard to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.