Talk to Her

Though some critic beat me to the punch with the suggestion that a better title for this film would be Girlfriends in a Coma, if you think this is just a stuffy art film about two men sitting by the bedsides of their comatose lovers, nattering on endlessly into their deaf ears, you're either going by the wrong review or you don't know Pedro Almodóvar. For like the rest of his body of work, Talk to Her is a sumptuous, sometimes outrageous psychodrama full of color, music, life... and kinkiness.

There are so many juicy twists to this "romance" that I dare not give them away. Suffice it to say that the two men (Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti) have significantly more complicated relationships with their "girlfriends" (Leonor Watling and Rosario Flores, respectively) than you might think.

Unlike other critics, I can't imagine rating this higher than Almodóvar's previous outing, the heartbreaking All About My Mother. But it's still a fine film by one of the world's very best filmmakers, and worth seeing as all of his films are. And once again, there is an utterly fantastic score by composer Alberto Iglesias, with a moving number by Caetano Veloso. (Look fast during this scene to see cameos by Almodóvar regulars Cecilia Roth and Marisa Paredes.)