Monday, July 2, 2007

My Favorite Movies: TALK TO HER

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Year: 2002

I love The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. It was a masterpiece, the emotional core of a bigger masterpiece. But I have to concede that it wasn't the best film of 2002. It was Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella). Colorful, funny, dramatic, risque, familial, outrageous. Yes, it's a typical Almodovar film, and then some. The cast was brilliant, the production sterling, the scenes suffused with emotions indescribable. My favorite scene here is that part wherein Brazilian cantante Caetano Veloso sings Cucurrucucu Paloma to a roomful of women who seem to fall in love with him with every delicate lyric. In a corner, a man weeps. We look at the English translation of the song in the subtitles, and we weep with him.

Te amamos, Pedro!




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