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‘Ghosts Don’t Cry’: State of Exception and the Mother(land) in Pedro Almodóvar’s Live Flesh (1997) and Volver (2006)

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>22/06/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Studies in European Cinema
Number of pages28
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date22/06/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Volver and Live Flesh present the contradictions inherent in celebrating assertive motherhood through the ‘costumbrista’ tradition that Almodóvar has adapted and adopted throughout his career. Nostalgic yearning for a ‘return’ to the mother(land) is filtered in these films through a view of women projected through casting, costume, as well as the segregation of cinematic space. This results in a projection of exteriors as the masculine domain and assigning women largely to interiors, as in melodrama. Howe.