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5.0 out of 5 stars
You must see it, 26 Feb 2004
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.