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To Return
Original name: Volver
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) works and lives Madrid with her husband Paco and daughter Paula. Her sister Sole (Lola Dueñas) lives nearby and they both miss their mother Irene (Carmen Maura), who died several years ago in a house fire along with their father. A former neighbor from their hometown reports that she has seen the ghost of Irene and both daughters do not believe her. After a murder and a family tragedy, Irene's spirit materializes around her daughters to help comfort them.
Style: stylized, emotional, tragicomedy, twists and turns, semi serious, dramatic, colourful, melancholic, humorous, reflective ...
Plot: death, incest, sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, loneliness, village, mother daughter relationship, ghost, adultery, secret, father daughter relationship, murder, family life, postmodernism, women, secrets, family bonds, relationships, parents and children, family drama, tragedy, storytelling, pornography, siblings relations, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, madrid, europe, barcelona spain, houston texas, venezuela
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Talk to Her
Drama, Mystery, Romance
Spain
112 min.
 8.0
All About My Mother
Drama
Spain, France
101 min.
 7.9
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Duration: 128 min.
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Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
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    User:   26%
 
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Country: France, Switzerland
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