2018 Film Challenge: 24. Talk To Her

Another Almodovar film, though this time one I hadn’t seen before. As usual it was slightly odd (well, really odd at one point) but good. Overall I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, though I did much prefer the ending.

The thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Ha ha, what the hell?
  • Lava lamp!
  • Ew! I love how weird Almodovar films are.
  • “That’s a lot of bulls”
  • Yeah, a snake in my kitchen would similarly freak me out.
  • Don’t be perving
  • He’s going to do something weird and creepy isn’t he?
  • Dude, stop with the creepy
  • Lava lamp!
  • Ha ha ha, this is so weird
  • Has he gone to his ex’s wedding?
  • Uh oh
  • You only just realised he’s crazy?
  • Poor Marco
  • Fascinated as to how this is going to end
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2 Responses to 2018 Film Challenge: 24. Talk To Her

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    Remember when we discussed Secretary I mentioned that my friend Kathy in Australia had recommended it to me, along with a number of other films, one of which was coming up later in the challenge? And remember when we discussed Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! I mentioned that I had only previously seen one Almodovar film, and that it was coming up later in the challenge? Well, in both instances, that film was Talk to Her. It must have been 2003 or 2004 when I rented it from Blockbuster and watched it, but I remember enjoying it, so was looking forward to seeing it again. I’d picked this up cheap on DVD from an Amazon marketplace seller a couple of years ago, so that was how I watched it.

    I can report that after a second viewing, I still really enjoyed it. Oddly, it was creepier than I remembered it being, unless I’d just kind of suppressed Benigno from my memory, because his obsession with Alicia was definitely kind of creepy!

    I know it sounds kind of harsh, but I very much dislike bull fighting, so when I hear of a matador having being gored I sort of feel it serves them right, so I wasn’t too upset when Lydia had her accident, but I did feel for Marco. I thought his friendship with Benigno was interesting too, the conflict he obviously felt between supporting his friend, but also clearly not agreeing with what he was doing/had done. Also, with the ending hinting that perhaps Marco and Alicia may have a future together, I can imagine he would feel rather guilty about that too.

    I definitely like Almodovar’s work, there’s a very quirky quality to his films, whilst also remaining grounded in reality. Overall, I enjoyed Talk to Her as much as I remember doing the first time, would highly recommend to others.

    By the way, I think the numbering of the films has gone astray, I think this should be number 24.

    • Chantal Chantal says:

      Oh yeah! I misnumbered Cabaret and that’s thrown the others off. Doh! Thanks for spotting that – I’ll correct that now. 🙂

      And yeah, I’m not a fan of bull fighting either – I was also on the side of the bulls.

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