7 October 2008


About halfway into Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her," one of the lead male characters offers this advice to a newfound friend: "A woman's brain is a mystery. You have to pay attention to them, be thoughtful occasionally, let them know they matter to us." It says a great deal about the character and the movie when one considers the fact that he is referring to a woman lingering in a vegetative coma.
Almodovar is one of America's favorite cinematic imports. Since 1988's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," the Spanish filmmaker has built a strong following in theaters across the United States. "Talk to Her," Almodovar's follow-up to the Oscar-winning "All About My Mother," is a stylized and wonderfully textured examination of two men's aching need to unlock the mystery of women. "Talk to Her," a sepia-toned dream of a movie, tells the story of Marco (Dario Grandinetti), a journalist who falls in love with Lydia (Rosario Flores), a famous female matador. However, the brief romance is interrupted when Lydia is gored by a bull and spends most of the movie in a coma. While standing vigil at her bedside, Marco meets male nurse Benigno, a social misfit with an increasingly unhealthy fascination with another coma patient, Alicia (Leonar Watling).

1 comment:

Madalena said...

I like Almodovar's movies very much. I'm "trying" a blog named after this movie. I think that all women need talking. They only give up when something goes wrong. Then, if she doesn't talk to other, others must talk to her. Kiss