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Talk to Her (2002)
"Hable con ella" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  14 February 2003 (USA)
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bailarina 'Café Müller'
Malou Airaudo ...
Bailarine 'Café Müller' (Dancer)
Singer at party - "Cucurrucucú Paloma"
Doctor Vega
Adolfo Fernández ...
Niño de Valencia
Hermana de Lydia
Chus Lampreave ...


After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters will flow in all directions, past, present and future, dragging all of them towards an unsuspected destiny. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Talk to Her  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$964,098 (Spain) (25 January 2002)


$9,284,265 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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Did You Know?


The bulls' bloodiness in the film is real. An ecological group in Madrid tried to sue Pedro Almodóvar for ill treatment of animals, not attacking him, as such, but society for accepting it. Almodóvar said that he had the permission of the bulls' owners to kill them and that the ecological group was just trying to gain some publicity. See more »


[last lines]
Katerina Bilova: Nothing is simple. I'm a ballet mistress, and nothing is simple.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits contain the following text: "El 7 de agosto, durante el rodaje de esta película nació Pablo hijo de Cova y de Juan y niño de todos.". This translates to: "On August 7th, while shooting this movie, Pablo, son of Cova and Juan and child of all of us, was born." See more »


Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) See more »


Por toda a minha vida
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (as Tom Jobim) and Vinicius de Moraes
Copyright by Arapua Editora Musical (Brasil)
Used under permision (SEEM, S.A) Alcalá 70, 28009 Madrid (España)
Performed by Elis Regina
Courtesy of Universal Music Spain, S.L.
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Talk to Her-Almodovar goes left field-with tragedy and emotion in brilliant fashion!!
3 February 2003 | by (Detroit, Mi) – See all my reviews

Rating **** out of ****

Spanish Writer-Director Pedro Almodovar is a filmmaker that always captures strange, and honest moments within his characters emotions-especially women. Such films as "All About My Mother", and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" support this, but in Almodovar's latest film "Talk To Her"--he does something a little different by making men the protagasnits. It's brilliant, unique, and creative filmmaking at its best. However beneath all the brilliance is a lovely, sweet film that is charming in its own little way.

Almodovar crafts "Talk to Her" with a style that is unique in color and tone, and it has behavioral exposition that is far more mature and tonally sustained than anything he's done before. But the plot is insane as anything that Almodovar's has done before, which makes the movie more of a career-peak change, its a masterpiece constructed on the solid foundation of everything he's previously tried and learned. The movie's great, bad-boy conceit is that its two heroes, wounded-in-love journalist Marco (Dario Grandinetti) and naive nurse Benigno (Javier Camara), are hopelessly in love with women they can't communicate with -- and that really gives the two guys something to talk about, as well as a base for the strongest of friendships. Not that their women are intentionally unreachable; both, you see, are in comas.

By the end of this crazy, heart-thrilling tale, Almodovar has delivered us through un unexpecting film of humor, human emotions, specific human connections, remorse, and philosophies. "Talk to Her" is more than just a run of a talked about foreign film, and having Oscar-Nomination potential-it is one of the best movies of 2002.

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