One of Pedro Almodovar’s biggest critical successes (including the Oscar for best original script), Talk to Her is a sublime exploration of obsession, loneliness, friendship.
Two men become friends at a hospital as they each care for the woman of their hearts, both comatose. A nurse, the lonely and virginal Benigno (Javier Cámara – Truman, Bad Education) is infatuated by a patient in his care, a young female dancer. He spends virtually all his time with her. A journalist, Marco (Darío Grandinetti – Wild Tales, Rojo) finds himself unhappily tied to female matador, Lydia (Rosario Flores – Contra el viento, Entreacte), gored at a recent bullfight. As events unfold, so the men’s friendship is tested as Benigno’s obsession grows.
An odd yet deeply moving and controlled narrative with only the occasional Almodovar trait of overwrought melodrama (check out the film within the film of Shrinking Lover), Talk to Her is surprisingly quiet and gentle interlaced with occasional humour, a great deal of intrigue, a beautiful soundtrack – and Pina Bausch!
Nominated for 2 Oscars in 2003 including best director, won 1 for best original script.