Talk to Her

Movie Information

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Talk to Her at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,
Genre: Comedy-Drama
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Geraldine Chaplin
Rated: R

I’m a little written-out on this film, but in 2006 I wrote, “With this film, Almodóvar pushes the envelope in ways that few filmmakers have ever dared—both stylistically and thematically. … It’s typical Pedro Almodóvar in its soapy plot line, but it goes much further in its taboo subject matter than any of his previous films. After all, Talk to Her is—at least in one respect—the love story of a man and a comatose patient under his care at a hospital. Typical of Pedro Almodóvar, he doesn’t judge this, but he does observe it with a wry sense of humor (as when the man explains his relationship with the patient as being like any other couple except that they ‘get along better than most’). The shocking thing is finally less the relationship than the fact that Pedro Almodóvar makes the man sympathetic.”

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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