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Talk to Her (2002)



Critic Consensus: Another masterful, compassionate work from Pedro Almodovar.

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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

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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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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's Almodovar's most mature and mysterious movie.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

The film combines sensuality, spirituality and sheer joy in storytelling in marvellously harmonious proportions.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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It's a brave movie and a mature undertaking.

Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Good, but not classic Almodovar.

May 21, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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It is a singularly impressive work, able to generate laughs one moment and tears the next.

February 21, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Talk to Her


Pedro Almodovar bring more one intelligent and breathtaking drama, with very human characters.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Talk To Her is an offbeat, mature, and mysterious story of passion; and the unappreciated admiration that has developed into something controversial and bizarre. In the most perverse scenario, a lovely story.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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