A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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TALK TO HER
2002 - Pedro Almodovar - Spain
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Talk To Her's greatness lies in filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's brilliance in creativity, storytelling, colorful characters, and wonderful originality. There is such an energetic force behind his filmmaking as well as an obvious gift and love for making films. All this usually makes for an irresistible and truly unique experience. Through all the colorful and bizarre images and characters of Almodovar's films is a great strength for combining melodrama and comedy. Talk To Her is an emotionally moving and touching film, also full of heart and humor. The perfect use of flashbacks set the tone, and highlight some of the film's finest scenes. Almodovar's cinematic style and symbolic creativity also brings out the films memorable moments (dream and dance sequences; and of course the hilarious silent-film which almost had me in tears with laughter). To me, the strength of Talk To Her doesn't lie in it's ability to make you forgive the characters and their actions, but rather in Almodovar's humanity for people most would consider disgraceful. Also, the film raises some thought-provoking questions: Does the sound of a caring human voice benefit someone who is brain-dead? If we talk to our pets, or plants, why not someone in a coma? There are so many elements and themes to this film, from loneliness to sexuality, but I think it's ultimately about how a man learns to communicate with a woman: by getting inside her. This is a wonderful film, that I must be see several times, as the first viewing is more about emotional impact. There still much more about the characters you'll want to see and learn!
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