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Talk to Her (2002)

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Coming Out at 15 March 2002 in theaters

“Hable con ella”

Drama, Mystery, Romance

Talk to Her is drama written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, and Rosario Flores. The film follows two men who form an unlikely friendship as they care for two women who are both in comas. The film’s themes include bodily autonomy and violation, the boundary between life and death, versions of love predicated on possession, and gender, gaze, voyeurism, passivity, agency, complicity, obsession, and psychoanalysis.

The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film while Almodóvar won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It is now generally regarded as one of the best films of the 2000s.

The story unfolds in flashbacks, giving details of two separate relationships that become intertwined with each other.

During a performance of Café Müller, a dance-theatre piece by Pina Bausch, Benigno Martín and Marco Zuluaga cross paths, but the two men are no more than strangers. Still, Benigno notices that Marco cries.

Marco is a journalist and travel writer who happens to see a TV interview with Lydia González, a famous matador. He thinks that an article on her would be interesting and, on the instructions of his editor, he contacts her in a bar, where she asks him to take her to her house. As they talk, she elaborates on the fact that she broke up with her boyfriend “el Niño de Valencia”, another matador, something that has been all over the tabloids. As Marco confesses that he knows nothing of bullfighting and that he is a journalist, she becomes angry and leaves his car without saying a word. As he drives off, he hears a scream inside her house and stops; Lydia rushes off and climbs back into his car: she asks him to kill a snake that she found in her house. He does so and comes out of the house crying.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Mariola Fuentes, Geraldine Chaplin

Cast:

Javier CámaraBenigno Martín
Darío GrandinettiMarco Zuluaga
Leonor WatlingAlicia
Rosario FloresLydia González
Mariola FuentesRosa
Geraldine ChaplinKaterina Bilova
Pina BauschBailarina ‘Café Müller’
Malou AiraudoBailarine ‘Café Müller’ (Dancer)
Caetano VelosoSinger at party – “Cucurrucucú Paloma”
Roberto ÁlvarezDoctor Vega
Elena AnayaÁngela
Lola DueñasMatilde
Adolfo FernándezNiño de Valencia
Ana FernándezHermana de Lydia
Chus LampreavePortera
Loles LeónPresentadora de TV
Fele MartínezAlfredo
Helio PedregalPadre de Alicia
José SanchoAgente Niño de Valencia
Paz VegaAmparo
Beatriz SantiagoEnfermera A
Juan FernándezDirector Prisión
Carmen MachiEnfermera Jefe
Ismael MartínezEnfermero
Joserra CadiñanosDirector Hospital
Ángel InfantesYiyo
Agustín AlmodóvarCura
Adela DonamaríaRecepcionista psiquiatra
Carlos García CamberoCuñado de Lydia
Esther GarcíaOficial
Lola GarcíaRecepcionista Hospital
Sonia GrandeMadre de Alfredo
Ben LindberghBen
Carlos MiguelOficial
Michel RubenAbogado
Ana SanzEmpleada Academia de baile
Jean-Laurent SasportesBailarín ‘Café Müller’
Nazareth PanaderoBailarín ‘Café Müller’
Dominique MercyBailarín ‘Café Müller’ / ‘Masurca fogo’
Michael StreckerBailarín ‘Café Müller’ / ‘Masurca fogo’
Ruth AmaranteBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Aida VainieriBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Rainer BehrBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Stephen BrinkmannBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Jorge PuertaBailarín ‘Masurca fogo’
Daphnis KokkinosBailarín ‘Masurca fogo’
Fernando SuelsBailarín ‘Masurca fogo’
Fabien PriovilleBailarín ‘Masurca fogo’
Cristiana MorgantiBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Julie ShanahanBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Melanie MaurinBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Ditta JasjfiBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Azusa SeyamaBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Barbara HampelBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Regina AdventoBailarina ‘Masurca fogo’
Andrey BerezinBailarín ‘Masurca fogo’
Catalina ArteagaProfesora Danza
Víctor MatosPianista
Raquel AguileraBailarina Academia
Vicente PalomoBailarín Academia
Lucía BarbadilloBailarina Academia
Raquel ReyBailarina Academia
Miguel Ángel BoloBailarín Academia
Raúl MontesBailarín Academia
Rayco CanoBailarín Academia
Natalia RookBailarina Academia
Lara HernandorenaBailarina Academia
Benoit CausseBailarín Academia
Isaac MonllorBailarín Academia
Marina JiménezBailarina Academia
Joaquín AbadEnfermero de la sala
Elena BenarrochInvitada Fiesta
Yuyi BeringolaRecepcionista abogado
Javier CondeTorero
Paola DominguínInvitada fiesta
Jaime Fernández-Cid BuscatóSacristan Boda
Fernando Guillén CuervoDoctor
Fernando IglesiasSwimmer
MartirioInvitada fiesta
Juan Carlos Martínez AntuñaMozo de espadas
Marisa ParedesInvitada Fiesta
Cecilia RothInvitada fiesta
Mamen SegoviaNurse B
Alejandro TousFuncionario prisión
José María YazpikExtra

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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