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Talk To Her [DVD] [2002]

Rosario Flores , Javier Cámara , Pedro Almodóvar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Mariola Fuentes
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Michel Ruben
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LZ6N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her is his least stylised, most accessible and arguably greatest movie. Covering the same, highly provocative terrain as Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle and The Smiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma", Almodovar forges a work that's funny, compassionate, engaging and deeply touching.

Unusually for Almodovar, the emphasis is on the two male characters, with the female leads spending much of the film as "objects" in a vegetative state. Dario Grandinetti plays Marco, a journalist who befriends Lydia (Rosario Flores), a female bullfighter. Following a goring in the ring, she lapses into a coma. At the clinic where she is kept on life support, Marco meets a somewhat effete male nurse, Benigno (Javier Camara) who lovingly tends to a ballet student, Alicia, also chronically comatose. They strike up a friendship, their respective stories emerging through flashbacks. Both, however, respond to their common fate in different ways. Marco is distraught at the loss of Lydia, whereas the dysfunctional Benigno is blissful, tending to Alicia, for whom he nourished an obsession prior to accident. Reduced to being a vegetable, she is fully, unresistingly, his.

It's a tribute to Almodovar that he is able to handle the outlandish, potentially appalling subject matter of Talk To Her with such finesse. Emotionally, it's often on a knife edge; there are moments when you don't know whether to laugh, gasp or sigh. But when ultimately you find yourself welling with tears of sympathy for an alleged rapist, you realise what a master filmmaker Almodovar is.

On the DVD: Talk To Her offers an excellent transfer of a visually handsome movie. Extras are a little disappointing--just trailers for Almodovar's more outlandish Live Flesh and All About My Mother. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Pedro Almodovar's tale of dance, bullfighters, love and comas. Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a housebound nurse who falls in love with a young dancer, Alicia (Leonor Watling), he sees rehearsing through his window. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is a journalist who falls in love with a bullfighter, Lydia (Rosario Flores), after being assigned to interview her. When Alicia and Lydia are involved in separate accidents which send them both into a comas, Benigno and Marco meet at the hospital and unpredictable consequences promptly ensue.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subconscious Speech 10 Jan 2003
Format:DVD
Talk to Her (Hable con ella) is Pedro Almodovar's sixteenth film as a director. It is difficult to describe the plot of the film as it travels back and forth in time, ranging from intense moments of psychological insight to an amusing silent film sequence, and I would loath to give away any of the entertaining and twisting plot development so characteristic of Almodovar's films. It primarily focuses on the relationship between two men: the antisocial, sexually ambiguous and lovingly charming Benigno (Javier Camara) and stalwart but emotional sensitive Marco (Dario Grandinetti) as they attend their respective women in permanent sleep at the hospital. A chance encounter at the theatre leads to a later encounter where a seemingly casual friendship grows into a desperate bond. Solitude is the predominant theme of this lively, entertaining and provoking film. There are countless moments for the protagonists to contemplate their life and loves alone. Despite its serious subject matter, Almodovar's masterful handling creates an entertaining story filled with wit and humor. The characters possess compelling quirks and are wonderfully realised in a stunning cast. Amazing performances are given from peripheral characters such as the ballerina instructor, Katerina (Geraldine Chaplin) and the caretaker (Chus Lampreave). Meticulous Almodovar fans will enjoy spotting cameo appearances by past stars from his films. This is an intricate and ceaselessly compelling film that should attract a wide mature audience.
The film begins and ends in the theatre. The performances there suitably reflect the dilemmas evoked in the film and the relationships of the men with their women.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film by the fantastic director Almodovar is an absolute corker. It is more than your run of the mill love story; you never get just an ordinary plot from him. The story is about two men and their respective loves. Marco is in love with a female bullfighter, who is gored and ends up in hospital. He meets Benigno, a nurse caring for a dancer left in a coma after a car crash. The two men find friendship together; connected by the two women, both in comas. This film will stay with you for years. I, like the previous reviewer, wept at some of the final scenes, because I felt close to these men, and had fallen into their lives completely. Almadovar gives us the perfect ending to the tale, one not entirely unexpected, but perfect nonetheless. The musical score is superb, very fitting the atmosphere. The acting is perfect, especially Benigno. The story is absorbing, weird, funny and sad. Once again, this director has given us a study of human relationships and the twists and turns they go through along the road of life. Treat yourself to this film. Box of chocs, bottle of wine, plenty of kleenex and a good friend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must see it 26 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Almodovar is a genius. Once again he has presented us with a beautiful story about mankind. “Hable con ella” is a completely new film which incorporates many of the elements characteristic of his previous films: loneliness, friendship and unconventional love; mental health; death; hospitals; dancing; reminiscing music; bullfighting; the film/adverts-within-the-film; and above all, very real lovable characters we can empathise with despite their weirdnesses.
Although the plot is very intriguing and keeps you in suspense, and the film is certainly very funny at points, to me, that is not what the film is about. It is about human nature, about finding beauty amongst all the misery and grotesque that life throws at us. It is about being strong and surviving.
The funny punchy dialogue is up to the high standard Almodovar has spoilt us with before. My favourite being the short but hilarious role of Chuz Lampreave as the nosey housekeeper we once met in “Women at the verge of a nervous breakdown”.
If you are an Almodovar’s fan, please don’t miss this one. If this is your first film, this is an excellent introduction to a great director.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wept 10 Jan 2003
By Mike L
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Almodovar's previous film, Todo Sobre Mi Madre, left me wrung out like a wet flannel. Critics' reviews had told me that this film was not as strong. They were wrong. I wept uncontrollably, and was eventually thrown out of the cinema by the usherette who wanted to close up.
After watching this film, I felt as though anglophone cinema had nothing to over. Almodovar delivers totally credible, complex characters who are impossible to judge. Javier Cámara's performance as the nurse Benigno is one of the best pieces of acting you are ever likely to see.
Does Almodovar manipulate you? (You won't understand this question until you have seen the film). No more or less intentionally than any other director: he just does it much, much better. My best film of 2002.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Almodavar classic 14 July 2004
Format:DVD
"Talk to Her" follows the tragic paths of four people: Marco and Benigno, Lydia and Alicia. Marco falls in love with Lydia, a female bullfighter, who is gored by a bull. Benigno becomes obsessed with a dancer, Alicia, whom he can see from his apartment window practising in a studio. A car knocks Alicia down and Benigno becomes her nurse. Both women slip into a coma and it is in the hospital that the two men meet. Without giving too much of the plot away, they both lose the woman in their lives, but they find friendship with one another. This is the bare bones of the story. As with most of Almodovar's films, there are subtle depths that require repeated viewing to appreciate them fully. Almodavar deftly weaves the separate strands of the complex relationship of the four leading characters into a tightly focused and compelling piece of story-telling. Sad and uplifting, ironic and sympathetic, touching and unsentimental, this is a wonderful film. The acting is first-rate; Alberto Iglesias' score is enchanting, and Javier Aguirresarobe's cinematography is easy on the eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Almodovar?
Posssibly the best of Almodovar's films. Very attaching, true and human, with lovable story and characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. Molnard
4.0 out of 5 stars i enjoyed film
typical almodovar.,quirky,intelligent,well-acted.the film was very absorbing,interesting.i bought it to try and improve my spanish. Read more
Published 5 months ago by vivien thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourtie movie ever
I won't say much about the movie not to spoil it, even if you don't like Almodovar, I strongly recommend it. Read more
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Published 6 months ago by Veronika
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful film
Wonderful compassionate movie with layer upon layer of depth. Each shot is beautiful and the performances are excilent. Very happy with this purchase.
Published 8 months ago by Christopher Matthew Kneller
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, ponderous and implausible...
Well, I must say that this is a director whose works really do not work for me; slow, ponderous, implausible; just the most tedious concentration on the most irrelevant details... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ChrisG
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully complex exploration of 'what is love?'
My second favorite Almodovar film, after 'All About My Mother'. A moving and complex study of the relationship between two men, and their connection to women in comas. Read more
Published on 28 July 2010 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars "A woman's brain in a mystery, and in this state even more so."
When a man is describing the details of a recent dream to a young woman laid on a bed whilst doing her nails; you assume he's a beautician - but you soon realise that the bed is a... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2008 by @GeekZilla9000
5.0 out of 5 stars Buenas Noches
This is the only film I can remember that has ended and left me not knowing what to think. There's something about Marco and Benigno that made me both empathise and despise them at... Read more
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Here we have four characters: two men and two women. One man is articulate but weak. The other, child-like but determined. Read more
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