Movies: If Conversation Be the Food of Love, Talk On

Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her is infatuated with words--and it may just be the year's best film

Talk to her is not just a title. to Pedro Almodovar, the film's brilliant writer-director, it is a command, an imperative. To this delightfully voluble man, conversation is love's music, its best rationale and possibly its most haunting residue.

But in this great, profoundly witty and unique movie, he has placed what seems to be an insuperable barrier to love's songs, sighs and whispers: the two women at the heart of the film are in a coma, thereby rendered silent, impervious to anything their lovers, hovering in their hospital rooms, might say.

This is of no consequence to Benigno...

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