“Talk to Her,” the new film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, opens Thursday, April 3, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva after earning superlative reviews at film festivals, winning the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
“Talk to Her” tells the story of two men, Benigno (Javier Camara) and Marco (Dario Grandinetti), both keeping guard over comatose women. The former is a nurse who cares for Alicia (Leonor Watling), a young dancer injured in a car accident and with whom he has fallen in love, the latter is a writer dating a famous female bullfighter (Rosario Flores) recently gored in the ring. The men meet in the hospital, and as they get to know one another, forging a friendship, their disparate stories emerge.
“Talk to Her” is one of Almodóvar's most challenging pictures, jumping around in time and sending a large gallery of characters through a wide variety of situations. It's a stunning masterpiece, a complex and beautiful film, one that is hard to get out of one's mind as it slowly penetrates one's inner workings and the many tricky issues it brings to the surface should linger with the viewer for a long time. Admirers of Almodóvar's best pictures, such as “All About My Mother” and the amazing “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” will find him again at the peak of his powers.
“Talk to Her” will be screened at 7 p.m. on April 3, 5 and 6. (Note the special Sunday evening screening time.)
This film is rated R for nudity, sexual content and some language. Its running time is 1 hour, 52 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are $3. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information.
The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.