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Talk To Her

Talk To Her

There is romance, mystery, and deeply illuminating fantasy in his haunting follow-up to the artful and poignant All About My Mother.  The un-chronological tale concerns the love of two women who are in comas, by men who develop an unlikely friendship and from there the daring author who has made Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Time Me Up, Tie Me Down continues to be involved with tragedy.

Lydia, played ebulliently by Rosario Flores, is a bullfighter, horribly gored in a ring.  She is loved by a journalist, Dario Grandinetti's Marco.

In the same hospital that Lydia lies comatose, Marco runs into Benigno, a terrific Javier Camara.  Benigno is a male nurse who has been caring for a beautiful ballerina named Alca (Leonor Watling) who is also unconscious from a car accident.

Almodovar touches very sensitive areas in these women through a provocatively fantastic voyage and an offensive act as he subconsciously feels the importance of communication.  He understands a male camaraderie like he did with women in All About My Mother.

As depression is explored with darkness lurking in thought Talk To Her still hits many heartfelt notes.  Camara's intoxicating eerie portrait is one that cues insight into pain and stream of consciousness in a film that knows how to bring on laughter and tears.

With a strong, brief turn by Geraldine Chaplin as Alicia's very devoted ballet teacher, the music of Brazilian Caetano Veloso, and a silent film called "Shrinking Lover", Almodovar delivers another captivating artistic bow to the medium that elegantly encapsulates life which can never be without a measure of controversy.

Talk To Her

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