A woman is taking a shower. She comes out covering herself with a towel.
There is an amount of (soft female) nudity (breasts and buttocks). A woman lies in a coma on the bed. Her breasts are seen from above. [non-sexual]


A woman is seen running naked from a distance.
There is a clearly unrealistic and fanciful interlude from a silent film, where an extremely shrunken man walks over a woman’s naked body and literally climbs into her vagina while she’s asleep. The obviously fake vagina is seen in close-up detail for some time.

A man is revealed to have raped and impregnated a woman in a coma. He’s later jailed for his actions.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I wanted to see talk to her after reading all about my mother, but now I feel it is not as good as I thought. Not as good as last year’s Volvo. And I find my opinion is different from most people’s comments.

Let’s start with the story. In fact, the story is very simple. Benigno mart í n, a male nurse, fell in love with Alicia, a ballet student who took classes opposite his house. She nursed her for four years after she became a vegetable in a car accident. During this period, she kept talking to her and told her about the ballet and silent films he went to see. The writer Marco fell in love with the matador Lydia, who became a vegetable in a bullfight accident and was admitted to the hospital where Alicia was located. Therefore, the two men met. Benigno insisted on telling Alicia that she would hear and feel it, while Marco felt that talking to a vegetable didn’t work because she couldn’t hear it. Some comments on Douban said that what the film wanted to express was that love needed to be told. Finally, Alicia woke up and Lydia died because of their different attitudes. Others were moved by Benigno’s unremitting love and care for Alicia.

But I feel different.

I think the film really wants to express the communication in love, but what I see is the aphasia of women in love communication, not what most film critics say. No matter whether she hears it or not, she needs to say it to her. I don’t think any of the two heroes has real communication with the person he loves. In the so-called communication, both “she” are silent. This is why the love of these two men failed. Their expression of love completely ignored the response of women.

Benigno kept talking to Alicia, but did Alicia respond to his “love”, No. To her sober, he was just a kind man who picked up her wallet, or a strange young man who broke into her house. During her coma, she may be able to hear him and feel his care, but she can’t express any attitude. Undoubtedly, from the perspective of a third party, Benigno’s efforts are very touching, but this does not mean that Alicia is bound or bound to accept them. For a woman, if she loves the man who pays for her, then all this can undoubtedly develop. If she doesn’t love him, then the man’s paying and infatuation is actually a kind of pressure on her, which makes her escape and even annoy her. Although I don’t know if Alicia will like Benigno, there are too few similarities between them. Alicia likes to travel. Benigno has hardly stepped out of the house. Alicia loves dancing and movies. Benigno has almost no knowledge of dance movies before. Of course, you can say that after Alicia’s coma, Benigno went to dance and movies, Tell her all this, but does he really understand? I don’t think he understands. Marco saw a dance at the beginning of the film and burst into tears, but Benigno didn’t seem to feel it. He may not understand why Marco cried. When Alicia’s teacher later talked about the dance, he was just submissive. Yes, he gave her a lot of love, but I don’t think he was her real soul mate. Like the man in the first dance, he just helped her pull out the chair, but he couldn’t take her out of the room.

What about Marco and Lydia? Many people say that Marco doesn’t insist on telling Lydia his love like Benigno, so Lydia didn’t wake up, but I don’t think this is the crux. If the telling of love can wake up the sleeping lover, Nino also told in front of her hospital bed. Why didn’t she wake up? In the final analysis, Marco and Lydia are also a pair of mismatches, which is useless. Marco doesn’t know Lydia. Just as Benigno doesn’t know Alicia, he is sentimental and knows nothing about bullfighting. He won’t know Lydia’s pride in the bullring, who broke into the male world. He doesn’t know that her tears at the wedding are for Nino, not for him. She says she wants to get married, wants to be with Nino, not with him. I wonder if anyone noticed the detail that appeared twice. Before Lydia’s accident, Lydia said to Marco in the car that we should have a good talk. Marco said that we had been talking for an hour. Lydia said that you were talking, not me—— Marco is not short of expression, but Lydia and Alicia are also silent in the process of expression, and neither of them has the opportunity to express. If Alicia could talk to Benigno, would she say, yes, you talked to me for four years, but that’s what you’re saying, not me.

In the film, Alicia wakes up at last because of a very ironic fact. Benigno watched a silent film shrink lover and told Alicia the story when he wiped her at night. A man drank a liquid medicine that would make people shrink. Finally, when his lover fell asleep, he got into her body from her vagina. This story implies that Benigno had sex with Alicia. Later, Alicia became pregnant and gave birth to a dead baby boy, but miraculously woke up. Benigno was jailed for this and finally committed suicide in prison. I don’t know what amodova wants to express here. Benigno’s love awakened Alicia? However, this awakening takes the form of sexual assault on Alicia. Yes, Benigno actually raped Alicia. Can we say that women’s awakening is the result of men’s aggression? Oh, maybe I think too much—— Interestingly, when watching the film review, I found that almost no one on Douban specifically pointed out that Benigno’s behavior is actually a kind of rape, while there are many discussions on IMDB’s message board. Although there are arguments about Benigno’s evaluation, this fact is basically agreed by everyone—— Or another explanation is that Benigno actually delivered his life to Alicia and awakened Alicia with his life, just as the shrinking lover completely delivered himself to his lover. However, the shrinking lover got into the lover’s body and was with her, but Benigno was not with Alicia forever. The baby boy she gave birth to was dead – he entered her body, became a little boy (or he was always a little boy), died and left her body. He was not really with her, either physically or in life. I wonder if this means Benigno’s death in the end. Benigno doesn’t seem to have left any impression on Alicia’s life. Maybe his story is effective, because in the end, in the theater, Alicia saw Marco, the man who Benigno mentioned crying in the theater and greeted him. However, perhaps this is not because of Benigno’s complaint, but because Marco and Alicia can understand dance, because it is possible for him and her to tell each other. I wonder if anyone noticed this detail. Marco opened her eyes when she passed Alicia’s door. Maybe it’s just an unconscious reflection, but isn’t it a reaction of the silent Alicia? Alicia didn’t have any similar reaction to Benigno, at least we didn’t see it.

Many people say that in this film, amodova rarely portrays positive men, but unfortunately, I don’t like the two protagonists. Benigno, in the final analysis, is just a little boy living in his own world. His obsession with Alicia is more paranoid than love. Marco is too sentimental and too addicted to past relationships. Although there seems to be some spiritual connection between him and Alicia in the end, I still don’t think he deserves Alicia. On the contrary, the two heroines, like the women in amodova’s other films, are exciting. Lydia’s first bullfight victory was really beautiful. Although it was bloody, it was accompanied by charming music. In her dealings with the bull, the picture showed the strength and pride of women. At the side of the swimming pool, she walked by the swimming pool, like a flower in full bloom in the wind in the field, rough and without lack of tenderness, but it’s a pity that neither lover can really understand her. Alicia is another typical of female beauty, young, soft and moving.

Supplementary gossip:

Lydia was so frightened when she came home to see the snake that she didn’t even dare to live at home. Some people said that this plot shows that women, no matter how strong they look, have a weak side. But I see another explanation, which is more reasonable for me: it is said that in Spain, seeing a snake at home is a bad omen, which means that this person will encounter misfortune. (no wonder Lydia ended up dead.)

Geraldine Chaplin, the dance teacher, is the daughter of Charlie Chaplin.

One of the female dancers in the first dance, Pina Bausch (the one Benigno asked her to sign the poster.) She is also a famous choreographer and dancer. She choreographed the two dance plays at the beginning and end of the play.

The priest at Marco’s ex girlfriend’s wedding was played by Agust í n Almodovar, the director’s brother.

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