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Talk to Her
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Straight talking"
4 stars

Talk to Her (Hable con ella) is Almodóvar’s latest tale of sexuality and desire.

This time, his customary strong women - a ballerina and bullfighter - play second fiddle, appearing mostly in flashback. They are both in a coma, and it’s their attendant men (Javier Cámara and Darío Grandinetti) that take centre stage.

Neither is what they initially seem. Cámara’s Benigno, who may or may not be mildly retarded, turns out to be a voyeur and stalker. He’s crucial to the film’s most disturbing scene, cleverly paralleled in a graphic-comic recreated silent movie. Against expectations, the striking bullfighter fades from the film and Grandinetti’s jaded Marco becomes an unlikely hero, a straight man supplying tenderness and compassion to the at-sea nurse.

Almodóvar is a curious amalgam of Fellini (visual flair, sexual and societal outcasts) and Bergman (unflinching character studies, frequently of women), but his films are shot through with a humour and style distinctly his own. Talk to Her also has a vein of sadness running through it, as if Almodóvar was depressed at finding no way to fully redeem his anti-hero Benigno.

Almodóvar ultimately has no wish to alienate his growing audience. It’s his Fellini showman persona on display but, unlike the Italian, Almodóvar seems to truly empathise with his outcasts.

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User Comments

4/19/11 Steve Joyce Deeply disturbing yet a wonderful 5 stars
11/03/07 Charles Tatum Completely improbable and totally wonderful 5 stars
5/17/06 cpbjr wonderful story 5 stars
8/19/04 Peter B. Great movie, story and... music! 5 stars
7/21/04 Laura Shangraw Really draws you in 4 stars
6/25/04 milehigh Amazing a film this good is considered one of Almodovar's weaker efforts. 5 stars
4/11/04 The More You Know Well-written, well-told tale of profound relatedness. 5 stars
1/30/04 Phil M. Aficionado Good and offbeat enough to grab; and hold, to the ending. 4 stars
6/23/03 David Berne Intimate, irreverent, unforgettable, lovely 5 stars
6/15/03 Jack Sommersby Disappointingly tame and uninteresting fable from a once-volatile director. 2 stars
3/24/03 Vitality1 The black & white scenes were a bit odd, but I cried nonetheless. Very good! 4 stars
2/28/03 Matthew Smith a very involving and moving drama that will stick in your mind long afterwards 4 stars
2/18/03 spaceworm saw this the day after seeing DAREDEVIl and felt lots better bout movies in general all ove 5 stars
2/13/03 Mopsa Not one of Almodovar's best, but it's a profound and moving film 4 stars
1/18/03 KCobain a very rich film 5 stars
1/03/03 carlmzapffe A brilliant work of art and one of the best films of this year. A new Almodóvar classic! 5 stars
12/31/02 Don Great 5 stars
12/29/02 Film Fan Without question, the best of the year. Never thought i'd agree with Time magazine :) 5 stars
12/29/02 Eh ... 3 stars
12/23/02 NoMargin Beautiful stylistically and emotionally 5 stars
11/29/02 mr. Pink Certainly not one of his best, but still good 4 stars
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