|Weekend At Almodóvar’s|
The film is about two men who share a common bond: the woman they care for is in a coma. Benigno (Javier Cámara) is a nurse who grew up taking care of his mother in every way as if she couldn’t take care of herself. He can see a studio from his apartment window and one of the dancers becomes the object of his obsession. Her father is a psychiatrist and she lives in rooms attached to his office. Benigno makes an appointment with the father and steals a beret hair clip. Shortly afterwards, an accident puts her in a coma and he ends up being one of the nurses assigned to take care of her.
The other man is Marco (Darío Grandinetti), a reporter, who becomes interested in doing a story on a female bullfighter. He has a brief relationship with her, but it was really something for her to do while she was on the outs with another bullfighter she loved. However, she gets mauled by a bull before she can really tell the two men where she stands. She ends up at the same hospital where Benigno works and the two become friends.
Marco is drawn, for awhile, into Benigno’s world where he believes he has a real relationship with the dancer, but he never seems to buy into it. Benigno only gets more delusion, even believing that he should marry her. Whereas another film would have demonized Benigno or turned him into a Norman Bates like character, director Pedro Almodóvar portrays him sympathetically. We don’t feel his actions are justified, but we understand them.
The film has the usual Almodóvar signature all over this film, but none of his other films have left me with such an uneasy feeling. I recommend it.
An aside, here are a couple of screenshots that were hilarious. The second screenshot is from a fictional silent movie we see within the film about a man who drinks a concoction his girl made and shrinks.