Talk to Her (DVD, 2003)

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Talk to Her

Features

Pedro Almodovar and Geraldine Chaplin Commentary; Weblinks to movie website and official Pedro Almodovar website; Digitally Mastered Audio & Anarmorphic Video; Mastered in High Definition; Audio: Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French.

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:33]
2. Benigno Martin, Nurse [4:04]
3. Marco Zuloago, Journalist [2:03]
4. Lydia Gonzalez, Bullfighter [3:09]
5. Lydia & Marco [5:34]
6. Alicia, Four Years in a Coma [5:07]
7. Gored [3:25]
8. Nino de Valencia [2:30]
9. "Cucurrucucú Paloma" [6:17]
10. Dr. Vega [1:24]
11. Marco Meets Benigno [1:46]
12. Dr. Roncero, Alicia's Father [2:34]
13. Katerina Bilova, Dance Instructor [3:54]
14. Four Years Earlier [4:43]
15. An Appointment With Dr. Roncero [4:25]
16. "Talk to Her." [2:03]
17. Shrinking Lover [5:13]
18. Benjamin & Angela's Wedding [8:16]
19. "We'd Gotten Back Together." [3:47]
20. "I Want to Marry Alicia." [2:45]
21. The Inquiry [1:26]
22. Visiting Day [1:43]
23. The Concierge [8:25]
24. Alicia, Alive & Well [2:06]
25. Mr. Sanz, the Attorney [1:55]
26. Benigno's Escape Clause [3:04]
27. Masurca Fogo I [5:24]
28. Masurca Fogo II [2:27]

Editorial Reviews

Two comatose women become the center of an unusual meditation on love and obsession in Talk to Her, the Academy Award-winning film from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. When a female bullfighter (Rosario Flores) ends up in a coma after being gored, she is hospitalized next to a comatose dancer (Leonor Watling). This leads to an odd friendship between the bullfighter's frequently visiting boyfriend (Darió Grandinetti) and an introverted man (Javier Cámara) who functions as the dancer's caretaker. The fluid narrative uses flashbacks to reveal the dynamics of the pre-coma relationships, and it is here that the story becomes pure Almodóvar. The dancer's naive, childlike caretaker turns out to have been stalking her for quite some time. His obsession is portrayed as being strangely benign, but it's the hook that brings up some unusual issues about love and relationships, marked by the director's typical offbeat insights into sexuality. There are unpredictable turns into uncharted psychological territory, including an outrageously fetishistic silent-movie lampoon that explores the bizarre sexual possibilities in an incredible-shrinking-man scenario. That the screenplay, written in Spanish, took home an Oscar speaks volumes about the story's universal emotional allure. The dance pieces, choreographed by Pina Bausch, and an al fresco nightclub performance by Caetano Veloso only push the film closer to the sublime. Gregory Baird, Barnes & Noble

Specifications

  • UPC:
    043396089167
  • Source: SONY PICTURES
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Espańol, Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Reviews (4)

    • Anonymous
      4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

      1.0 / 5.0

      Pedro Almodóvar's movie about the twists and turns of the human psyche and the complexities of intimacy. Although the film is well directed, the film is plagued by a perverse and shallow theme. In addition to being somewhat predictable, the movie comes out as nothing more than vulgar cinema attempting to make the grotesque appear acceptable if not noble. Almodovar tries to make the demented and perverse character of Benigno (Javier Camara)appear sympathetic: a fallen hero. Unfortunately, Benigno's actions can only be seen as criminal and perverted. Benigno's character is beyond redemption and Almodovar's attempts in portraying him in a favorable light are utter failures. Trying to present Benigno as a fallen hero because his crime, by chance, allows Marco (Dario Grandinetti)to find his true love is but a failed attempt. One cannot justify the most vile criminal acts by the positive outcome of chance and mere coincidence. The movie's suggestions as to how the twists of fate could justify criminal conduct as sick as raping a helpless comatose patient is utterly naive, perverse, and grotesque. This film is nothing more than shock-value trash trying to appear novel and creative.

    • Anonymous
      4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Great Acting!!! Great Story!!! Brilliant Movie!!! There are no adjectives good enough to attach to this. This movie is one of the best I've seen.

    • Anonymous
      4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      Excellent Wit. An hypnotizing beautifully written and shot tale. Almadovar displays his ingenious wit Characteristic of novelist John Irving especially in 'The World According to Garp' If you don't know spanish then you haven't seen this film because the world of meaning and depth inherent in this film does not translate well into english. and in its original spanish title 'hable con ella' its symbolism is truly realized. a Truly great film and part of film history

    • Anonymous
      4 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

      5.0 / 5.0

      This was one of the most wonderful films I have ever seen. I have recently become interested in Spanish cinema, especially, Almoldovar, and this is the best of cinema - Spanish or not. The story is artfully told and moves fluidly; you are instantly taken in. I recommend this film to all who love the medium.