The curtain before a stage opens to present a Pina Bausch dance 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 forty-something writer. The dance piece provokes such emotion that Marco breaks into tears. Benigno notices the shining tears of his casual companion in the darkness of the theater’s audience. He would like to tell him that he, too, is moved by the performance, 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, a bullfighter by profession, has been gored by a bull and has fallen into a coma. Benigno is in charge of another patient in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. When Marco passes by Alicia’s room, Benigno approaches him. It is the beginning of an intense friendship, as linear as a rollercoaster. During the time suspended within the walls of the clinic, the life of these four characters flows in all directions, past, present and future, leading all of them to an unexpected destiny.―Inbaseline.com
Splashing his colorful films across the dour post-Franco Spanish landscape with the irreverent glee of a prostitute arriving late to church after a long night, Pedro Almodóvar has been called the most influential Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel. Beginning in the 1980s, Almodóvar started serving up provocative, candy-colored visions fraught with postmodernist insight into everything from sex and violence to religion and the dangers of good gazpacho. Sometimes shocking, sometimes controversial, Almodóvar’s films have always managed to present a new and intriguing view of his native country, shaping the attitudes of both his compatriots and a larger international audience.
Born September 25, 1951, in Calzada de Calatrava, an impoverished hamlet of La Mancha, Almodóvar was raised in a traditional Spanish household. He studied with Salesian monks, sang in the choir, and generally felt like a misfit; he was later to remark that, for him, growing up in such an environment was tantamount… read more
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At first I thought Talk to Her seemed awfully conventional and... well, boring. As a viewing experience, it just wasn't going too well for me despite a few small details I liked. Then, in the last hour, this film surprised the hell out of me and went in an entirely different direction than I expected. I was hooked. Not my favorite Almodovar film, but now I understand its brilliance.
You just can't beat the films of Pedro Almodovar. His writing is superb. The characters he is able to create are so complicated and interesting to watch. Everyone in the film is woven together so carefully that one thread pulled would unravel all relationships. If you aren't familiar with Almodovar, fill up your Netflix queue and especially watch The Skin I Live In.
Pedro Almodovar continues to amaze me. He first did it with his film Volver, and then again with Bad Eduction. Talk to Her, the third film I’ve seen by him, is by far my favorite of the bunch. A tale… read review