Talk To Her (2001 108min.) [Film4 1.40am wednesday & +1]
Romantic drama directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Javier Cámara and Darío Grandinetti. Male nurse Benigno and journalist Marco meet in a hospital ward where they're waiting for a ballerina and a female bullfighter to emerge from comas. As the days go by, Benigno and Marco become friends.
A low key Almodóvar, lacking some of the flamboyance and high camp with which he is usually associated but still a beautifully crafted, shot and realised film.
It's more a series of inter-connected scenes than a fully functioning narrative; there are flashbacks, dream sequences and even musical numbers in and around the main story.
However, it's a very worthwhile (and in places funny) film and it uses the components well to make it's points about the nature of love, male bonding and the survival of the less strong in a highly developed society.