Pedro AlmodóvarSpain112 minutes2002ColourB&WSpanish
Almodóvar's achingly tender tale about the developing friendship between two men standing vigil over two comatose women won the director the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and made TIFF Cinematheque's list of the best films of the 2000s.
The most profoundly moving film in Almodóvar's oeuvre, Talk to Her centres on the developing friendship between two strangers standing vigil over comatose women: Marco (Darío Grandinetti), whose matador lover Lydia (Rosario Flores) was gored in a corrida; and Benigno (Javier Cámada), a young nurse who has fallen for Alicia (Leonor Watling), a beautiful dancer injured in a car accident. Finding rapport in their shared loneliness, the two men establish an unlikely intimacy. Even given its most audacious stylistic gambit — a surrealist silent film-within-the-film that features a shrunken man scaling the peaks of his naked lover — Talk to Her is a film of considerable restraint and delicate, beautifully wrought emotion; now viewed as one of the director's finest achievements, it won Almodóvar the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and made TIFF Cinematheque's list of the best films of the 2000s.