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"Volver"

Th29  A good movie, let me define, is a movie which changes your sense of perspective a little bit for a while at least.  Volver is one of good movies, to me, not because of the great plot but because of the textures and colors in the movie.  It is not from what you think but from what you see.  In the New York Review of Books,  Daniel Mendelsohn, a film critic, traces Almodovar's recent film career and finds the place of "Volver" in it historically. (You can download NYRB070301Volver.pdf here) I cannot help but think that although he claims he saw the movie twice, he only checks the plot and the structure of the movie.  He has been outside of the movie, after all.  He wasn't in there.  Certaninly he thought about the movie very well, but he did not prove that he SAW the movie.  It's a pity that he didn't mention the textures and colors of the movie, which in my view are far more important than the plot and the structure.  I like Volver better than Talk to her and All about my mother.

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