Watching this, it is clear that Penelope Cruz has been completely wasted by Hollywood.
Her Hollywood career may be a clutch of dull flops, yet in this she is incandescent, her character utterly believable and involving
The basic plot of Volver is two sisters dealing with the death of their mother, but of course, this being an Almodavar film, subjects such as murder, incest and adultery are also featured.
The beauty of Almodovar is that such issues are handled without ever being sensationalised. More then this, his protagonists have a realness to them, they feel like people you've met. Wonderful.