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Talk to Her (Hable con Ella) (2002)

Art House & International and Drama movie directed by Pedro Almodóvar

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A different type of film but enjoyable!

  • Jun 23, 2005
It is difficult to write a review for this movie without providing a whole lot of spoilers to the plot. It is about two men (Marco and Benigno )who love two women (Alicia and Lydia) that are both in comas. They meet one day in the hospital and realize that they had been sitting next to each other at the opera recently.

Benigno, a male nurse, is taking care of Alicia who he really didn't know before her coma other than being kind of a "stalker" of her. He first saw her out of his apartment window as she was taking dance lessons. One day she drops her wallet and he returns it and walks with her to her building. Noting that her father is a psychiatrist working out of their apartment, Benigno makes an appointment to see her father. As he leaves her father's office he wanders around the apartment and goes into Alicia's room and steals one of her hair clips. She returns to the room from the shower and quite naked and gets frightened by him as he flees. Later after a car accident that put her in a coma she ends up in Benigno's hospital and he gets assigned to take care of her.

Marco is a writer of travel guides and his girlfriend in a coma is Lydia who was gored by a bull. He thinks of his girlfriend as "dead" but Benigno tells him she hears everything if you just "talk to her."

Benigno the more mentally unbalanced of the two later does something stupid. What transpires changes everything for the four people involved and makes Marco come to a lot a realizations about himself.

This is a good film for classroom discussion.

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review by . March 16, 2006
I absolutely had no idea what to expect when I watched 'Hable Con Ella' (Talk to Her) last night but I knew of the director. Pedro Almodovar is considered one of the biggest talents outside of Hollywood. A talent to make movies that are not always easy to watch, but certainly thought provoking, beautiful, compelling and stylish.     I always say that there are few filmmakers who can tell such a beautiful and sad story as Almodovar does here. And only he can create such a surreal …
review by . May 30, 2003
Some directors have infrequent moments of brilliance in an otherwise average output. Other directors approach the exceptional but just don't quite make it. Pedro Almadovar is a gifted artist who consistently creates works of art on film that are brave, bizarre, are about subjects that few others would venture, and his end product is not only a story well told but one told with an attention to every detail that makes movies magic. His sense of atmosphere, of color, of set decor, of flashbacks - stream …
review by . May 05, 2003
Up `til now I've avoided Pedro Almodovar's movies because I thought his work was going to be bright, loud, and kitschy to the point of garishness. Now I don't know if that's a mistaken impression or not, but "Talk to Her,"is far from what I expected. I don't think I've had a more rewarding motion picture experience in some time. The only film that comes close is "Y Tu Mama Tambien," and "Talk to Her," is up a few steps from that wonderful movie. Two men, two women, two totally different relationships …
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Writer-director Pedro Almodóvar makes another masterpiece withTalk to Her, his first film since the wonderfulAll About My Mother. Marco (Dario Grandinetti) is in love with Lydia (Rosario Flores), a female bullfighter who is gored by a bull and sent into a coma. In the hospital, Marco crosses paths with Benigno (Javier Camara), a male nurse who looks after another coma patient, a young dancer named Alicia (Leonor Watling). From Benigno's gentle attentiveness to Alicia, Marco learns to take care of Lydia... but from there, the story goes in directions that deftly manage to be sad, hopeful, funny, and creepy, sometimes at the same time. The rich human empathy of Almodóvar's recent films is passionate, heartbreaking, intoxicating--there aren't enough adjectives to praise this remarkable filmmaker, who is at the height of his powers.Talk to Heris superb, with outstanding performances from all involved.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Genre: Foreign
Screen Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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