First screened in November 2006
Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Isabel Díaz, Chus Lampreave, Carlos García Cambero, Carlos Blanco, Antonio de la Torre, Yolanda Ramos, Nieves Sanz Escobar. Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar.

Twitter Capsule: Cruz nails it. Otherwise, Almodovar outing is intricate enough to merit a re-watch but not engrossing enough to inspire one.

VOR:   I believe people when they say this seems even "better" with multiple viewings, but I'd be surprised if they alter my sense of staying within comfy Almodóvarian bounds.

Photo © 2006 Sony Pictures Classics/El Deseo S.A.

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Penélope Cruz

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Penélope Cruz
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Cruz, Maura, Dueñas, Portillo, Cobo, Lampreave); Best Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards: Best Director; Best Actress (Cruz); Best Cinematography (José Luis Alcaine; tie); Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias)

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