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Talk To Her (free)

  • Chazen Museum of Art 750 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Despite storylines concerning bull fighting, car accidents, comatose patients, and sexual assault, Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) is one of Pedro Almodóvar's quieter affairs, an immensely effective and empathetic study of loneliness, loss and friendship. Released in 2002, Talk To Her is centered around the budding friendship of two men in a Spanish coma ward and the women they take care of, the women's stories developed in flashbacks throughout the film. Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a sexually ambiguous and repressed nurse infatuated with a comatose dancer he used to watch from his apartment window and Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is the journalist boyfriend of a prominent matador named Lydia (Rosario Flores). Talk To Her was both commercially and critically successful, scoring festival and awards show wins worldwide for best foreign film, best picture, best director and best screenplay (for which Almodóvar won his second Academy Award). If any fault can be found in the film, it's in its depiction of sexual assault, because Almodóvar's clearly banking on the viewer's sympathy for the assaulter. Though there is nuance to be found in the depiction, with a political climate that demands swift accountability and consequences sexual harassment and assault, it's a depiction a modern-day audience may not have much patience for. —Caleb Oakley

Earlier Event: December 2
Brad Mehldau Trio
Later Event: December 3
Takács Quartet + Garrick Ohlsson