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Two sisters learn that the bonds of family don't always end after death in this gentle observational comedy drama that marks celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's 16th feature. The story explores the interactions between three generations of women in a Spanish family. Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) was born and raised in the apocryphal village of Alcanfor de las Infantas, in La Mancha, Spain. However, she now resides in Madrid, where she works as a janitor. She is married to Paco (Antonio de la Torre), an unemployed layabout, and looks after her daughter, Paula (Yohana Cobo). Raimunda's mother, Irene (Carmen Maura), died several years back (along with her father) in a house fire. Raimunda's younger sister, Sole (Lola Dueñas), also lives in Madrid and works as a hair stylist, while their aunt Paula (Chus Lampreave) still makes her home in La Mancha, with occasional help from neighbor Agustina (Blanca Portillo). The story takes an unusual and mystical twist when Agustina mentions that Irene has begun reappearing in ghostly form -- a fact questioned by Raimunda and Sole. After a murder and an unexpected family tragedy, Paula's story is indeed corroborated by the appearance of Irene's spirit (who has come to comfort her family), and Sole must decide how to respond to the long-dead mother's strange, enchanting presence. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Goya Awards Ana Lozano Best Makeup and Hair 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Manolo Laguna Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Miguel Rejas Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Salvador Parra Best Art Direction 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Toni Novella Best Executive/Line Producer 2006 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Yohana Cobo Best Actress 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Carmen Maura Best Supporting Actress 2006 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Carmen Maura Best Actress 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Director 2006 Winner
London Film Critics Association Pedro Almodóvar Best Director 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Director 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress (Runner-up) 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Penélope Cruz Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Penélope Cruz Best Actress - Drama 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Penélope Cruz Best Actress 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Jose Luis Alcaine Best Editing 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Jose Luis Alcaine Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Blanca Portillo Best Actress 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Blanca Portillo Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Alberto Iglesias Best Original Score 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Bina Daigeler Best Costume Design 2006 Nominee
Goya Awards Jose Antonio Bermudez Best Sound 2006 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Lola Dueñas Best Actress 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Lola Dueñas Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Chus Lampreave Best Actress 2006 Winner
Goya Awards Diego Garrido Best Sound 2006 Nominee

Crew

Pedro Almodóvar
Director
Esther Garcia
Producer
Pedro Almodóvar
Screenwriter
Jose Luis Alcaine
Cinematographer
Alberto Iglesias
Composer (Music Score)
José Salcedo
Editor
Salvador Parra
Art Director
Agustín Almodóvar
Executive Producer
Mara Matey
Set Decorator
Bina Daigeler
Costume Designer
Miguel Rejas
Sound/Sound Designer
Oscar Abades
Special Effects
Reyes Abades
Special Effects
Daniel Reboul
Special Effects
Joaquin Manchado
Camera Operator
Toni Novella
Production Manager
Jose Antonio Bermudez
Sound Mixer
Diego Garrido
Sound Editor
Alberto Iglesias
Conductor
Manolo Laguna
Sound Editor
Ana Lozano
Key Make-up
Ascen Marchena
Post Production Coordinator
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