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Powerful entry from director Almodovar about the bond of two men caring for comatose women. Marco (Grandinetti), a travel writer, in the early stages of dating Spain's most famous female bullfighter Lydia (Flores), finds himself looking after her after she is gored by a bull. Benigno (Camara) is a male nurse who looks after the comatose Alicia (Watling), a ballerina he has only seen from afar but loves. The two men meet in the hospital and, sharing similar experiences, come to know one another in their grief. While both men are truly caring during their bedside vigils, a slightly disturbing, kinky undercurrent is also at work, and strange and shocking events will occur before film fully unspools. Refusing to judge these actions, however, Almodovar artfully offers some alternate motivations for his characters' seemingly antisocial behaviors and takes material that could have easily been a soap opera in lesser hands, and elevates it to a new level. Silent fantasy sequence depicts director's signature sexual exploration.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 112 minutes. Originally from Spanish.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Pregnant Pauses, Rape, Men, Hospitals & Medicine, Doctors & Nurses, Ballet, Suicide, Spain, Bullfighters & Bullfighting
Screenplay
Pedro Almodovar
Cast
Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti, Rosario Flores, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin
Cinematography
Javier Aguirresarobe
Director
Pedro Almodovar
Music
Alberto Iglesias
Other
Miguel Rejas, Jose Salcedo, Sonia Grande, Antxon Gomez
Producer
Esther Garcia, El Deseo, Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

Oscars 2002: Orig. Screenplay; British Acad. 2002: Foreign Film, Orig. Screenplay; Golden Globes 2003: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 2002: Director (Almodovar); Natl. Bd. of Review 2002: Foreign Film.

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marilyn

I'm sitting in a hotel in DC flipping through channels. The scene I happened onto was the female bullfighter fighting a bloody, angry bull, in defiance, as her boyfriend she is breaking up with looks on. She has serious balls. The movie drew me in from that point on. It's still going on- I had to look up the title so I can rent it and watch the whole thing. I can say that I want to, which means it's a good movie that has drawn me in and makes me want to stay up late to see it through. For someone who rarely watches TV, that's saying something. It's a well done, powerful movie. Great acting too.