Talk to Her

2002

Talk to Her

Critics Consensus

Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.

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93%

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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

Cast

Darío Grandinetti
as Marco Zuluaga
Rosario Flores
as Lydia Gonzalez
Geraldine Chaplin
as Katerina Bilova
Adolfo Fernandez
as Nino de Valencia
Paz Vega
as Amparo
Elena Anaya
as Ángela
Lola Dueñas
as Matilde
Ana Fernández
as Lydia's Sister
Chus Lampreave
as Concierge
Loles León
as TV Presenter
José Sancho
as Nino de Valencia's Agent
Angel Infantes
as Lydia's Assistant
Carlos G. Cambero
as Lydia's Sister's Husband
Jorge Helder
as Musician
Pedro Sa Earp
as Musician
Helio Pedregal
as Alicia's Father
Adela Donamaria
as Psychiatrist's Receptionist
Carmen Machi
as Head Nurse
Sonia Grande
as Alfredo's Mother
Joserra Cadiñanos
as Hospital Director
Lola García
as Hospital Receptionist
Esther García
as Public Official
Juan Fernández
as Prison Director
Pina Bausch
as Herself
Ana Sanz
as Dance Academy Employee Lawyer
Yuyi Beringola
as Receptionist
Carlos Miguel Miguel
as Public Official
Victor Matos
as Pianist
Javier Conde
as Bullfighter
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  • Mar 23, 2014
    Almodovars drama Talk to Her, is his most acclaimed film. A noticeable flaw is some contradiction in character, a bull fighter who fears a snake is possible but seems bizarre. These kind of moments range throughout but they don't take away from the films most powerful suit, the symbolism. There are many amazing moments, often Almodovar will artificially recreate the emotions of the two main characters (Marco & Benigno) on the coma patients. When Benigno speaks of Marco's crying during the first play he puts eye drops into his patient Alicia, creating artificial tears. This is done on another occasion during the silent film montage, which was a bizarre but great addition right before the climax. Once the tension is revealed the movie grows some deep but sick symbolism and themes. While the tension is not shocking since it was heavily preluded, the way Almodovar handles the situation is. The symbolism grows after this as you can literally see Benigno getting inside Marcos head when he first comes back to visit him. The necrophiliac premise is revolting, but the message Almodovar put across really got inside my head. Next up, Bad Education.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2012
    Another Almodovar classic using characters that most people do not come across in their lives. The connections between these people are always real however and the interplay is sizzling.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2012
    "Hable con ella" is a delightful movie to watch. It is written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar in such great style that stars Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rosario Flores were let to shine in all of their glamour! The screenplay is outstanding and that is the reason that it won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The deep subject of the difficulty of communication between the sexes, loneliness and intimacy, and the persistence of love beyond loss is explored thoroughly in the way which is not overwhelming - of course subjects like this could be hard to entertain the wider audience, but this art work had no problems with it. Wonderful mystique is used so well and when you are not sure where will everything lead you, pieces start falling into places with an almost surreal enjoyment (most of the time). Don't miss it!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2012
    Pedro Almodovar bring more one intelligent and breathtaking drama, with very human characters.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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