Women are more complicated than men, at least in the films of Pedro Almodóvar. While the actions of men are generally motivated by only two or three things, women are driven by innumerable and unpredictable urges. Talk to Her is a slightly different film, however, if only because the key female figures lie in a coma and so have little chance of driving the plot forward. Nevertheless, their presence remains incredibly strong, as the two men tied to them view them as very much existing personalities. In the two bodies, physically still alive, the two men see their desires, their lives and their futures: the ballerina and the matador. But let's be clear: in reality it is the two men who are more complicated, more sensitive - an idea which would be worth discussing in detail. Because this story is not really about how the two men experience the power wielded over them by the helpless, bed-ridden women, who are unable to communicate, but rather about those strange feelings and attitudes that rise up in them as a result of the situation. The film is also full of hints, references and quotations. There is, for instance, an excerpt from Green Earth, a Pina Bausch production made in Budapest, as well as a silent film that references expressionist and surrealist movies of the 1920s. The Spanish culture of the beginning of the 20th century is another notable aspect - including bullfighting and an inane TV talk show.
This is a special film. At times harrowing, at times hilarious. Bizarre? Well, what Almodóvar film isn't? Talk to Her won Almodóvar an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2003.
The screening takes place in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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