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Talk to Her

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Original title
Hable con ella
Running time
112 min.
Spain Spain
Drama. Romance | Melodrama. Disease/illness. Disability. Bullfighting. Friendship
The curtain of salmon colored roses and heavy gold fringing which covers the stage is pulled back to reveal a Pina Bausch spectacle, Café Müller. Among the spectators, two men are sitting together by chance. They don't know each other. They are Benigno (a young nurse) and Marco (a writer in his early forties). On the stage, filled with wooden chairs and tables, two women, their eyes closed and their arms extended, are moving to the music of The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell. The piece is so moving that Marco starts to cry. Benigno can see the gleam of his chance companion's tears, in the darkness of the stalls. He'd like to tell him that he too is moved by the spectacle but he doesn't dare.

Months later, the two men meet again at "El Bosque", a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student.

When Marco walks by the door of Alicia's room, Benigno doesn't think twice before speaking to him. It's the start of an intense friendship... as lineal as a roller coaster. During this period of suspended time between the walls of the clinic, the lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny.

Talk To Her is a story about the friendship between two men, about loneliness and the long convalescence of the wounds provoked by passion. It is also a film about the lack of communication between couples, and communication in general. About cinema as a subject of conversation. About how monologues before a silent person can be an effective form of dialogue. About silence as "eloquence of the body", about film as an ideal vehicle in relationships between people, about how a film told in words can bring time to a standstill and install itself in the lives of the person telling it and the person listening.

Talk To Her is a film about the joy of narration and about words as a weapon against solitude, disease, death and madness. It is also a film about madness, about a type of madness so close to tenderness and common sense that it does not diverge from normality.

Todo sobre mi madre ended with a theater curtain opening to reveal a darkened stage. Talk To Her begins with the same curtain, also opening. The characters in Todo... were actresses, imposters or women with an ability to act on and off the stage; Talk... is about narrators, narrators who recount their own lives, men who talk to whoever can hear them and above all to those who can't.
Rankings Position
2002: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 2 Nominations
2002: Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Picture
2002: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture and Original Screenplay
2002: 5 European Film Awards: including Best Film & Director
2002: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
2002: National Board of Review (NBR): Best Foreign Language Picture
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Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar