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Talk To Her (Hable con ella) (2002)

  Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Written by: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Javier Cámara, Rosario Flores, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling
Links: Talk To Her on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Talk To Her (Hable con ella) (2002) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Bad Education (2004).

"Needs more bicarbonate of soda" - a review by pearly

I've been a bit slow off the mark with Talk To Her. Released in 2002, I've only just gotten around to seeing it. This wasn't entirely my fault though. I have wanted to see this film ever since Cate Blanchett presented the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film to director Pedro Almodóvar, because the look on her face when she opened up the envelope to reveal the winner was one of such joy that I have never forgotten it. She must have loved the film, I thought, and was clearly overjoyed that it had won. But having missed its theatrical release, I tried for ages to find it in a video store, and it wasn't until I'd given up that em_fiction sent me a copy, and I could finally watch it.

The film is about two men who form relationships with comatose women at the same hospital. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) has only recently gotten serious with Lydia (Rosario Flores), a bullfighter, when she is gored and falls into a coma. Benigno (Javier Cámara), who works at the hospital, has a relationship with patient Alicia (Leonor Watling) which is a little more complex. The two men bond over their similar circumstances.

The film opens and closes with performance pieces, with the curtains opening and closing, offering something a little more creative and perhaps unusual. Certainly promising, the story is not one that would be told in the mainstream, and is the kind of thing I would usually enjoy.

Talk To Her slowly reveals more and more of itself and becomes, by its finish, something fairly different to what it at first appeared. It came as highly recommended to me by anyone who I spoke to about it, but I'm afraid that all this praise may have tainted my view. Still, a really great film should be able to withstand some pedestal placing, and Talk To Her didn't quite live up to what I'd been told. A bit of a shame really.

I certainly didn't hate the film, but I didn't fall in love with it. In fact, I'm even a little baffled by its IMDb ranking of 132nd best ever film. Good, but not that good, I don't think. Maybe I'm missing something?

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 26 Oct 2004

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