Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Va-va-Volver!

Bill and I went to see Volver on Saturday night. I loved it. How refreshing to see a movie full of women, for a change! Four days later, I can't stop thinking about this movie. Is this because of its depiction of strong female characters overcoming difficulty? Their snappy dialogue? The film's vivid and colourful mise-en-scène? Ms. Cruz's convincing performance? Not particularly.

It's because of the cardigans.

Oh my goodness, the cardigans in this movie! Do you remember? A parade of colourful lace cardigans! Stunning knitwear, my friends. I found a few images to refresh your memory, if you've seen the film:

~ Raimunda's fabulous red lace cardigan (which reminds me of Laura's sexy Serrano)
~ a better look at the red cardigan's sleeve
~ Raimunda's green leaf-lace cardi and her mother's pale blue zig-zag number (and from another scene, here)
~ a rather unsatisfying shot of Raimunda's purple lace cardi

The wardrobe designer for Volver should win an Oscar: Best Knitwear in a Starring Role.

18 comments:

Bethany said...

LOL! I have to see this movie. I've caught myself checking out knitwear in movies, on tv, and in public, a lot lately. It's really funny.

I love the apron one character is wearing in the kitchen shot, the woman standing at the stove.

Stacey said...

those are amazing!

LaurieM said...

I have intentions (and a cone of Shetland jumperweight) to make Serrano. I love a lace cardi.

Veronique said...

Oh, I'm definitely going to see Volver now!

J Strizzy said...

Oh, that green lace one! I never find myself liking bright green like that, but now...

Note to self: must see Volver.

Chris said...

Must go see cardigan movie...

julia fc said...

oh my. Those are great. I have an article in the pipeline (Fall?) at Interweave about other great sweaters in other worthy movies. You strike a chord with me, dear.

Jessica said...

I was so energized by that movie. It was incredibly exciting to see so many great women's roles in a single movie. And the knitting. There are a few crochet cameos in there too. Great film.

goodkarma said...

Oooh, I was already looking forward to seeing this movie and I had no idea there were so many cute cardis in it!

Lía said...

That kind of cardigans are called "rebeca" in spanish, they are name that way after the Alfred Hitchcock' film Rebecca.
I didn't feel like watching that movie but after your review you can be sure I will ;)

christina said...

I went to see Pan's Labyrinth last week due to a knitter friend's lust after a sweater in that movie. I guess you know you're addicted to knitting when you go to the movies to see the sweaters.... xo -xtina (A Fistful of Stitches)

lori said...

i haven't yet seen that movie - but inspiring knitwear might be a great reason to get out to the movies. thanks for the inspiring sweater pictures.

Anonymous said...

Cate Blanchett wore some nice handknits in Notes on a Scandal, as well - a scarf and two pretty sweaters.

Lone said...

I haven't seen the film myself but a friend of mine who's also a knitter has and he told me exactly the same thing. I did it myself all the time while watching the recent Miss Marple films. Not so much her knitting as the sweaters that came right out of the vintage books you collect.

C. said...

My friends and I all drooled over the sweaters in Volver and Pan's Labyrinth. Thanks for the pictures! Now, if I could only got a pattern for the green cardigan...

kristina said...

I already wanted to see Volver--
another great reason to see it is the green cardi....
I too would love to see a pattern for that.

filambulle said...

Yes, I was stunned too, and I am still trying to find a pattern for those cardigans. I cannot believe that nobody's tryed to copy them!
If you have any infos, don't forget to pass them on to me, please!!!
:)

Click said...

I just saw Volver this past week and found your blog while searching for patterns for Raimunda's cardis...WOW! My new-year knitting goal is to try some new techniques; now I"m thinking I'll have to just design one to resemble hers. It's not just the cardis...it's how she combines them with colour and other fabrics (tweedy skirts, green cardi with purple under shirt...) They need to publish a book of those sweater patterns! I'll share if I successfully copy one, though I've never designed anything...yet!