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3 reviews, 22 user ratings

Talk to Her
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by Elaine Perrone

"A sensory banquet!"
5 stars

Talk to Her is a visually stunning, emotionally breathtaking experience, by far Pedro Almodóvar's best, and --along with All About My Mother -- most accessible work.

Talk to Her opens to a staged performance of modern-dance by legendary performer/choreographer Pina Bausch, depicting two women lurching about the stage, in a trance, while a third person on the stage, a man, tries to anticipate their direction and push furniture out of their way. Sitting in the audience, transfixed and moved by the performance, are two men, strangers whose lives will later intersect through tragedy. Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a male nurse and caregiver for Alicia (Leonor Watling), a former ballet dancer who lies comotose after an automobile accident. Marco (Dario Grandinetti) is a journalist, whose lover Lydia (Rosario Flores), a female bullfighter, also goes into a coma after having been gored by a bull. The two forge a friendship as the one stands vigil at the bedside of a real love, to whom he can't speak, and the other tends lovingly to a woman whose connection to him is only a fantasy in his mind.

I was moved to tears by the depiction of Benigno's loving care (too loving, as we learn) of Alicia, and Marco's bittersweet recreation, through a haunting dream sequence, of happier times with his lost love, Lydia.

I was moved to tears of laughter, as well, by a wicked little sub-plot in which Benigno tells the comotose Alicia about a silent film he's seen, about a lab experiment gone awry, resulting in a unique sexual experience for a Tom-Thumb-sized man and his scientist girlfriend. (And who but Almodovar could have envisioned such a vagina?)

I was transported by the sensuality of dance, both from the perspective of the dancers caught up in it, and the emotions of the men watching them.

One of the film's highlights, for me, was Marco's dream, while sitting with the comotose Lydia, a powerful and haunting vision of a lush garden setting with a group of rapt people listening to a sublime rendition of Cucurrucucu Paloma. (Look for Marisa Paredes here, in an unbilled cameo.)

Like Sex & Lucia before it (with which, by the way, this film shares several cast and crew members), Talk to Her is a sensory banquet. Also like Sex & Lucia, Talk to Her received that highest of praises from me: I turned right around and screened it again!

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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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