A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police... See full summary »
In Madrid, the housewife Gloria lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, the taxi driver and forger Antonio; her lunatic mother-in-law, who is addicted in bottled water and cupcakes; and... See full summary »
Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and... See full summary »
A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police are looking for her because of her boyfriend's criminal activities. They talk to a female lawyer, who turns out to be the lover's new lover, and everyone's path keeps crossing each other's in a very complicated and confusing manner. Written by
Ed Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The sheets move position (due to multiple edits) when Pepa throws the lit matches on the bed. See more »
Hello. I'm the mother of the notorious Crossroads Killer. When my son comes home after one of his famous crimes, his clothes are just filthy.
[Pepa holds up a bloody shirt. The police arrive]
Where are the clothes your son wore...
At the time of the murder?
[Pepa takes a clean shirt out of the dryer]
Right here. Sparkling clean.
No trace of blood.
[Pepa holds up a box of detergent]
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In all the world of film, the most admirable achievement is a film that is entered well. It is the hardest thing in the world to do when you have something interesting to offer. Its why genres exist, to make the entry automatic for lesser filmmakers.
Almodovar is one of several Spanish-speaking filmmakers who are carrying the future right now. Some of his films are sublime. "Talk to Her" is so lovely and deep I feel he has secretly infected my marrow with an already lucid version of myself.
The actual movie of "Breakdown" is pretty trivial: part screwball, part what some call surreal but is really a goof on itself. (Not a parody, mind you. That's for dopes.) So once you get into it, its just a meal.
But the entry into this is so wonderful, so imaginative it will exhaust you.
Our heroine is a voice-over actress who dubs Spanish dialog for non-Spanish films. Her lover is as well, and they "play" lovers on-screen. Except it isn't them, exactly. And it isn't love, exactly. And they aren't playing, exactly.
(She also does commercials and this is how she is "seen" by the public. One is shown. Now this IS a parody, but it is presented as if it were not, mixing parody in with the "real," confounding the screwball nature of the thing.)
The entry into this film plays on the "not exactly" natures to slowly and gently (but with some viewer confusion) slide us from a space where we are watching a movie, to a space where we are in the midst of adding the meaning to an existing movie that isn't fully formed.
This man deserves celebration, attention. He deserves to be entered.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
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