Welcome back to yet another review, and this time I’m actually doing a movie! We are going back to Spain in 2002 and talking about a masterpiece by the one and only Pedro Almodóvar who is not only my favorite Spanish director but he is one of my favorite directors in general.
During my Spanish self-studying back in the day, the best way I learned was through music (thanks, Juanes) and through movies, so I’ve seen Almodóvar’s Hable Con Ella several times in order to learn the pronunciation and just to expand my vocabulary, but that’s another talk. I want to write about this movie because, first of all, I think it’s slightly better than Todo Sobre Mi Madre (Everything About My Mom), and it’s a great story about selfish love.
Hable Con Ella is a story about two guys who are both in love with women in coma and they approach the situations very differently – one is Marco, a regular guy who visits his girlfriend – a famous bullfighter – at the hospital and pretty much minds his own business and works on his journalism. The other one is Benigno, the nurse at the hospital where the women are hospitalized and he is deeply in love with the woman he is taking care of. He is so in love with her that he treats her as if she was awake, talking to her, giving her massages, reading to her, doing her hair and makeup, etc. The two men become friends when Marco asks Benigno for advice and Benigno tells him to talk to his girlfriend and hope for a miracle.
I’m not going to tell you what happens afterwards because you should really watch it, as it is truly a masterpiece. I love the weirdness in Almodóvar’s pieces of art (this is art), and I love when movies tell taboo stories. Hable Con Ella is not only a love story about two men whose love interests are unable to communicate with them, but it is a heart-thrilling film full of humor, connections, friendship, emotions, and naiveness. It’s no secret that I love Spanish cinema, which, in my opinion, is one of the best, and Hable Con Ella is definitely my favorite Spanish movie for which Almodóvar definitely deserved his Oscar for best Director back in 2003. Go watch the movie and listen to a beautiful language!
I’ll give this movie 5 out of 5 clapperboards for deep characters, exciting storyline, emotions, and excellent directing.