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 that deals with loneliness and isolation, communication between the sexes, among other things, truly echoes though my head long after the ending credits finished rolling.
Where do I even start? There are so many images and small scenes that race through my head when I think about this film. From the graceful photography of the bullfight, to the character interactions between Benigno and Marco, as well as the scenes between the friendless Benigno and the catatonic Alicia. Almodovar expertly weaves the script together to create a lush, fulfilling picture. The timing of comedic relief is perfect and there were multiple points throughout the film where my eyes began to water up.
One technical aspect that really impressed me was the use of music. The sound design is jaw dropping, specifically the one track where we hear a series of thud inter-cut with silence, as if someone is cutting the music off and then restarting it. If anything it reminded me of a David Lynch film, and I couldn’t help but feel absolute dread whenever this track kicked in.
I really urge those who haven’t seen this beautiful film to see it as soon as possible. For those who have already checked out Almodovar’s work and thought it was alright, or those who didn’t get much from it, make it a point to at least see this one film. It will be worth your while.