19. Almodóvar and Latin America

The Making of a Transnational Aesthetic in Volver

  1. Marvin D'Lugo and
  2. Kathleen M. Vernon
  1. Marvin D'Lugo

Published Online: 21 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch19

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar

How to Cite

D'Lugo, M. (2013) Almodóvar and Latin America, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch19

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195829

Online ISBN: 9781118325360



  • Almodóvar;
  • cinema;
  • Hispanic film;
  • Latin America;
  • Volver


Volver (2006) holds a crucial position in the expanding global vision of Almodóvar's cinema. Though obviously a Spanish film in terms of its setting, actors, and subject-matter, the film's presumed “Spanishness” also exemplifies the co-production of a transnational Hispanic identity. The most explicit textual expression of that condition is to be found in the pivotal musical number that gives the film its title. The objective of this essay is two-fold: first to probe the implications of the strategy through which Volver stabilizes a mode of address directed to both Spanish and Latin American audiences, especially in its construction of collective memory; secondly, to interrogate the relation between the increasing emphasis on Latin American cultural tropes and the co-productions with Latin American auteurs in which Almodóvar's production company, El Deseo, engages beginning in 2000.