(Spain, 2005, 120 minutes)

Just as a country housewife living in Madrid is trying to make ends meet, her long-deceased mother comes back from the dead and sets up at her sister's house. Warm, engaging melodrama that is of a piece with its author’s brand of garish, over-the-top melodramas but is elegantly toned down from his usual style; extraordinary performances and effortlessly classy handling hold up a more pensive, thoughtful script.

A Focus Features release of an El Deseo production with the participation of TVE and Canal Plus España. Starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo; and Chus Lampreave. Directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar; produced by Esther García; music by Alberto Iglesias; director of photography, José Luis Alcaine; art director, Salvador Parra; costume designer, Bina Daigeler; film editor, José Salcedo.


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