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Talk To Her

(Hable con ella)

Best of the ByTowne!

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It wouldn't be the Best of the ByTowne without Pedro Almodóvar!


Poster for the maimed matador drama Talk To HerFollowing his Oscar-winning All About My Mother, Almodovar delivers his most haunting masterpiece. The plot is deceptively simple: Two men are in love with women who can’t hear them; each woman is in a coma, their stories told in flashback.

Marco (Dario Grandinetti), a journalist, falls hard for a lady bullfighter, Lydia (Rosario Flores, so alive she seems to leap off the screen), who is gored in the ring. At the hospital where Lydia lies comatose, Marco meets Benigno (Javier Camara), a male nurse who takes special care of Alicia (Leonor Watling), a gorgeous ballerina who fell into a coma after a car accident four years earlier.

It’s the unlikely friendship between these two men that gives the movie focus. Benigno tells Marco that talk is essential to these motionless women. Maybe, inside, they hear and understand. When one of the women becomes the victim of a crime, the film lurches into dark corners of the mind that Almodóvar navigates with uncanny skill and passionate heart.

Leonore Watling and Rosario Flores in Talk To HerThe actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it’s Camara’s tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us. Talk To Her goes beyond tears. It’s unmissable and unforgettable.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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