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Talk to Her(Hable con ella)

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Spain

2002

Rated R • 1h 52m

Director Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti

Genre Drama, Romance

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Male nurse Benigno becomes infatuated with a complete stranger when he watches dancer Alicia practicing from the anonymity of his apartment. After a car accident, Alicia is brought to the hospital where Benigno serendipitously happens to be her caregiver. When wounded bullfighter Lydia is brought into the same ward, her companion, Marco, and Benigno form an unlikely friendship.

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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

One of Almodóvar's most challenging pictures, jumping around in time and sending a large gallery of characters through a wide variety of situations -- will find him again at the peak of his powers.
88

New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

This quiet yet jolting meditation on love, obsession, loneliness, friendship and fate has the quality to entrance you through a first viewing, and compel you to take its themes and characters home with you for further consideration.
88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

Pure cinematic intoxication, a wildly inventive mixture of comedy and melodrama, tastelessness and swooning elegance, bodies with the texture of fresh peaches, and angular faces Picasso would have loved.
100

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Like everything else in this superb work of art, ''Shrinking Lover'' is exquisitely Almodóvarian. It's funny, tender, a little shocking, and it pays homage to what we know about movies: that they can move us beyond words.
80

TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

This ode to the peculiar strength and flexibility of love, romantic and platonic, is simultaneously perverse, overwrought, deeply creepy and truly moving, a high-wire act that finds humor in the grotesque and hope in emotional malformation.
100

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

The actors are outstanding, illuminating four different views of loneliness. But it's Camara's tour-de-force performance that anchors the film, that shocks and unnerves us.

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