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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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Another Treasure of a Film from a Contemporary Master

  • May 30, 2003
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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 of conscious writing just when the story seems oddly concrete - of choice of music - all are first rate. The black and white silent movie within a movie is at once hilarious and tender. Almadovar is a poet and he is graced by a company of actors who obviously treasure the experience of his creations. Muc has been said about the story line of this movie and another synopsis is simply redundant. Suffice it to say that here is a story about how we as individuals bond with others and the circumstances that can accompany that bonding, here, stretches the imagination in a wondrous way. ALL of the actors are excellent and wholly credible. The DVD is graced by a conversation between Almadovar and Geraldine Chaplin in one of the most sensitive interactions with creator and created that is on film. This is a lustrously beautiful, wise, gently comedic, and tragic tale. With all of the inherent gloom and doom in this story the viewer is left with a refreshingly life-affirming glow. This should be in every movie lover's collection.

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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 . June 23, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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