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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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Marco Zuluaga: Love is the saddest thing when it goes away, as a song by Jobim goes.
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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 Ella es el matador (2009) See more »


Cucurrucucú Paloma
Tomás Méndez (as Tomás Méndez Sosa)
Performed by Caetano Veloso
(c) Editorial Mexicana de Música Internacional
Courtesy of Peermusic Española, S.A.
By Arrangement with Universal Music Brazil
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Perhaps Almodovar's greatest work
27 December 2004 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

There are many who say that "Todo Sobre Mi Madre" is his best film, but now that I've seen both these movies, I give the nod - by a long way - to "Hable con Ella". This is a masterpiece, and not just because of the poignancy of the characters, or the story in general, or the way the scenes are shot - watching the matador get dressed was quite engrossing

  • but EVERYTHING comes together so wonderfully. The brilliance of

Spanish-language films never fails to amaze me, and this is another one in that long line of greatness. There will be times where the viewer may feel somewhat uncomfortable with the characters and their actions, but that does not stop Almodovar from exploring such emotions; indeed, one sometimes gets the impression that Almodovar's entire purpose is to make you analyze your own feelings - and simply does it better than anyone else. Recommended for anyone who can read subtitles.

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