Talk to Her (2002)
Pedro Almodóvar follows his international success All About My Mother with an offbeat drama that explores the friendship of two men brought together under unusual but strangely similar circumstances. Benigno (Javier Camára) is a male nurse whose apartment overlooks a dance studio run by Katerina (Geraldine Chaplin); he often sits on his balcony and watches one of Katerina's students, Alicia (Leonor Watling), and he finds himself becoming infatuated with her. When Alicia is severely injured in an auto accident that leaves her in a coma, Benigno discovers she has been admitted to the hospital where he works, and he spends his days caring for a woman he now deeply loves but has barely met. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is a journalist who was assigned to interview Lydia (Rosario Flores), a well-known female bullfighter whose on-the-rocks romance with another toreador, "El Niño de Valencia" (Adolfo Fernández), has made her the focus of the tabloid press. During Marco's interview with Lydia, he goes out of his way to treat her kindly, and she appears to return his attention. During the bullfight which follows, Lydia is gored by the bull, and is now in a coma; Marco is certain his interview broke her steely concentration, and he spends most of his days at the hospital, convinced her injuries are his fault. Alicia and Lydia are both housed in the same ward of the same hospital, and in time Benigno and Marco become close friends, bonding in their shared devotion to women who cannot return their affection. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Talk to Her
Almodovar uses the characters' unlikely predicaments to show how we define ourselves by narration, but his story is so overdetermined that ultimately the two men seem as constrained as their brain-dead sweethearts.
The film combines sensuality, spirituality and sheer joy in storytelling in marvellously harmonious proportions.
Good, but not classic Almodovar.
It is a singularly impressive work, able to generate laughs one moment and tears the next.
no other current director blends comedy and drama as smoothly or with as much flair
Humanity is intricate, contradictory, fathomless here, and the filmmaking just as rich.
I found it slow to get into. But I hung in there and am glad I did because eventually it grabbed me and I ended up enjoying it.
Very few directors could get away with making a film like this, but Almodovar not only gets away with it, he delivers a masterpiece.
Almodovar continues to refine the form of melodrama ... without sacrificing one iota of emotional texture or resonance.
Almodovar beautifully evokes trust and sacrifice.
It's another wild yet thoughtful look at the meaning of life and sexuality from Almodovar.
Even when Aldomovar is obviously showing off, we're convinced that he cares.
Like all his [Pedro Almodovar's] work, it's jarring and provocative to say the least.
The offbeat beauty of Almodovar's script lies in its seductive combination of grieving, sensuality, fantasy and passion. Almodovar is incapable of creating dull characters...
'Almodóvar logra un filme entrañable, lleno de compasión, comprensión, amor, amistad, esperanza y humanidad que es sencillamente inolvidable.'
After an interminable wait, in which it seemed that nobody in Hollywood would have the nerve to make a film about brain-dead ballerinas, gored female bullfighters and the men who love them, finally there's one to recommend - Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her
One of the strangest, most heavily layered and assured films that Almodovar has ever made -- possibly his masterpiece -- sly, funny, incredibly convoluted and, ultimately, almost devastatingly moving.
Audience Reviews for Talk to Her
One of the best movies i've seen in a while.
Great story, great acting. Pathos out the yingyang.
Pedro Almodovar bring more one intelligent and breathtaking drama, with very human characters.More
Almodovar is a genius, so enough said? Plot twists are superb. Acting is wonderful. The idea that sex can awaken a sleeping maiden is marvelous--the idea that you can love someone in a totally one-sided relationship is....scary. But see it once, and see it several times to get everything out of it. It's a nice discussion on what romantic love really is.More
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