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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 complex story laid out in an extremely simple form.

  • Mar 16, 2006
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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 world that pulls us in and shows us the beauty and subjectiveness of love. He has proved just how much a master he has become in the total craft of film-making. The movie's great, bad-boy conceit is that its two heroes, wounded-in-love journalist Marco (Dario Grandinetti) and naive nurse Benigno (Javier Camara), are hopelessly in love with women they can't communicate with -- and that really gives the two guys something to talk about, as well as a base for the strongest of friendships. Not that their women are intentionally unreachable; both, you see, are in comas. By the end of this crazy, heart-thrilling tale, Almodovar has delivered us through unexpecting film of humor, human emotions, specific human connections, remorse, and philosophies.
Social illness also fall into this one heady mix of melodrama, soap opera fodder with a sprinkle of comedy as well as a memorable foray into silent cinema with `The Shrinking Lover' (think of an NC-17 version of `The Incredible Shrinking Man') that actually serves as a Greek chorus as to the happenings occurring. Controversial, bold and audacious in its execution yet ultimately haunting, harrowing and altogether human (and humane) film.

Pedro Almodovar is an artist who likes to paint with words and images. As a result you get a beautiful story that may not be to every-body's taste because of the bizarre subject that certainly touched me. It's very original and I would recommend it to everybody who isn't afraid to watch a movie with a special subject.

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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 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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