On a planet teeming with 6 billion plus people, the story possibilities can’t but be truly astounding.
Endless permutations of love, crime, betrayal, devotion, redemption, hunger, passion, poverty et al, right?
Yet, our Bollywood mongrels shovel out the most dreary, soporific stories at moviegoers.
Why? Oh, why do these pustulating leproid c*nts do that.
Never ceases to surprise us.
What do these scatophagous mongrels feed on. Dung, what else!
Or have the Bollywood moguls decreed that the rabble deserve only the crap dished out to them.
Be that as it may, we rented the Spanish language film Talk to Her from Netflix as an escape from the dull tedium of Indian films.
By golly, what a fine selection it turned out to be.
Folks, tis’ true that Talk to Her is a love story at one level.
But the movie is also so much more than a love story.
* It’s a strange, albeit moving tale of passionate devotion.
* It’s ultimately a heart-wrenching tragedy.
* It’s a story with twists enough to keep you engrossed.
Talk to Her is one of those rare movies where you don’t for a moment believe you are watching a movie – although, of course, you are plonked on a sofa in front of the big-screen TV crunching into the South Indian mixture while sipping on a glass of White Russian.
How we heard of Talk to Her is impossible to recollect in our current soused state.
Hell, does it even matter how we heard of this fine movie written and directed by the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.
The harvest of a fecund imagination, the Talk to Her story here is not one of those irritating, silly love stories chockablock in Indian films.
Au contraire, the setting here is a hospital where a ballet dance student Alicia (Leonor Watling) lies in a coma after a car accident on a rainy day.
The comatose Alicia is tended to devotedly by the male nurse Benigno Martin (Javier Cámara) with a devotion that’s surreal.
Washing her hair, cleaning her menstrual blood, massaging her skin, putting special boots on her feet to prevent them from getting twisted, reading out aloud, Benigno does all that and more for the beautiful comatose girl.
Hell, Benigno even talks to her. Of course, it’s a monologue because the girl has been in a coma for years with no sign of any recovery.
To the same hospital comes Marco Zuluaga (Darío Grandinetti) after his girl friend Lydia (Rosario Flores), a matador, after her innards are ripped out by a bull.
Lydia too lies in a coma with her cerebral cortex completely destroyed by the bull.
The meeting between Marco and Benigno sets the stage for director and writer Pedro Almodóvar to take us into a flashback into the lives of the men and their respective encounters with Alicia and Lydia.
As the lover ditched by a fellow matador in favor of a younger girl, Rosario Flores casts a regal figure and more so in the bull-fighting arena.
Javier Cámara, Rosario Flores and Darío Grandinetti are fine actors who bring life to their roles.
To see Benigno tend to Alicia with a solicitude of a dear one is to delight in a solid performance.
And then one day Alicia misses her periods.
Well, when a girl misses her period what is the usual explanation?
The story takes on greater urgency now, eventually marching on to its ultimate tragic denouement but not before another surprising twist.
Now, don’t tell us you schmucks are surprised that Talk to Her won the Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay in 2002.