Talk to Her [DVD] [2002]

Quite possibly Pedro Almodóvar's most mature work, Talk to Her is a wonderful film, with a DVD that hits almost all the right marks. What's missing with this release are more significant supplements. Other than the theatrical trailers for a mishmash of films, including All About My Mother, Punch-Drunk Love, Nine Queens, and a few others (but not one for this film), this disc has an audio commentary with Almodóvar and (occasionally) Geraldine Page. Though the commentary is in Spanish, subtitles are available, and while it's very good, these meager extras just don't add up to enough in the long run. Fortunately, the picture and sound make up for it. The image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic, is simply beautiful. Colors are transferred perfectly with vivid blues and reds that aren't washed out at all. Detail is also very strong, creating a theatrical experience. The 5.1 Spanish Dolby Digital soundtrack (there is a 5.1 French track also) is generally centered up front, but appropriate moments reveal the surrounds and create just the right atmosphere. For the most part this is a fine release, and while missing some elements to make it an outstanding title, what is offered will surely please fans.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Pedro Almodóvar and Geraldine Chaplin commentary
  • Weblinks to movie website and official Pedro Almodóvar website
  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Mastered in high definition
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Audio: Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Bonus trailers
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selections
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Talk to Her
Pedro Almodóvar follows his international success All About My Mother with an offbeat drama that explores the friendship of two men brought together under unusual but strangely similar circumstances. Benigno (Javier Camára) is a male nurse whose apartment overlooks a dance studio run by Katerina (Geraldine Chaplin); he often sits on his balcony and watches one of Katerina's students, Alicia (Leonor Watling), and he finds himself becoming infatuated with her. When Alicia is severely injured in an auto accident that leaves her in a coma, Benigno discovers she has been admitted to the hospital where he works, and he spends his days caring for a woman he now deeply loves but has barely met. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is a journalist who was assigned to interview Lydia (Rosario Flores), a well-known female bullfighter whose on-the-rocks romance with another toreador, "El Niño de Valencia" (Adolfo Fernández), has made her the focus of the tabloid press. During Marco's interview with Lydia, he goes out of his way to treat her kindly, and she appears to return his attention. During the bullfight which follows, Lydia is gored by the bull, and is now in a coma; Marco is certain his interview broke her steely concentration, and he spends most of his days at the hospital, convinced her injuries are his fault. Alicia and Lydia are both housed in the same ward of the same hospital, and in time Benigno and Marco become close friends, bonding in their shared devotion to women who cannot return their affection. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Darío Grandinetti
    Darío Grandinetti - Marco
  • Leonor Watling
    Leonor Watling - Alicia
  • Rosario Flores
    Rosario Flores - Lydia
  • Geraldine Chaplin
    Geraldine Chaplin - Katerina
  • Roberto Alvarez
    Roberto Alvarez - Doctor
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