No retrospective of director Pedro Almodóvar would be complete without the provocative Talk to Her—considered by many to be one of the finest films of the 2000s.
After an encounter at a local performance of Café Müller, male nurse Benigno Martín (Javier Cámara) and travel writer Marco Zuluaga (Darío Grandinetti) find their lives remarkably paralleled when they meet again in the same hospital ward. The two men quickly transition from strangers to friends, even through the shocking discovery about one of the patients that draws them apart.
Like much of Almodóvar’s filmography, the movie boasts numerous accolades such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. An understated approach for the director, Talk to Her delves into the dynamic of love and unrequited infatuation.
“What Talk to Her does is insist in its very particular way on the importance of emotion, connection and love, no matter how obsessive a form they may take […] it views deeply disturbed, even deviant behavior from an almost unimaginably empathetic space. And it does so in a way that is more thoughtful and genuinely reflective than we’ve had from this filmmaker before.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Almodóvar has a way of evoking sincere responses from material which, if it were revolved only slightly, would present a face of sheer irony. Talk to Her combines improbable melodrama (gored bullfighters, comatose ballerinas) with subtly kinky bedside vigils and sensational denouements, and yet at the end, we are undeniably touched.” — Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
“[Talk to Her] is calmer and less floridly extravagant, less wired than many of [Almodóvar’s] previous films. Yet every frame bears his signature: the theatricality, the mischievously effective suspense, the adventures in identity and sexuality. It’s the most unmistakable auteur flourish in modern European cinema.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian