FILM CLIPS


FILM CLIP ANALYSIS: Talk to Her

The dramatic bullfight that results in Lydia's coma is one of the most significant scenes from Almodóvar's Talk to Her.

Intense, string-driven music orchestrated by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias adds a sense of foreboding as Lydia prepares for the bull's entrance. A medium shot of the kneeling Lydia draws attention to her majestic, golden capote. Then the frame cuts to a quick close-up of Lydia's thumb and forefinger rubbing a gold medal. Lydia brings the medal to her lips--in ritual--and then focuses her eyes on the red gate in front of her.

The gate opens--from a bird's eye view--and the bull is released. A following shot focuses on the bull's powerful legs as he kicks up dust as he approaches Lydia. Suddenly, the crowd gasps--Marco stands up--and Lydia collapses. A dust cloud fills the frame and the bull runs off. Lydia's bloody, insensate body is shown from above as helicopter-like music fills in for dialogue.

The bull--now calm--gazes in the direction of his victim. As a group of men lift Lydia out of the bullring, Almodóvar uses a reverse bird's eye view shot to show the downward glancing faces her eyes would have seen. This use of the point-of-view shot reinforces the question of consciousness.
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Close-up of medal
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Following shot of bull
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Dust cloud fills frame
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POV shot

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