Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2002 • Spain
Starring Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti
After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, young nurse Benigno (Javier Cámara) and older travel writer Marco (Darío Grandinetti), meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Marco is there to care for his girlfriend Lydia (Rosario Flores), a bullfighter who’s been gored and is in a coma. Benigno likewise dedicates his life to his patient, Alicia (Leonor Watling), a young dancer in a coma as a result of an accident. He talks and reads to her, and encourages Marco to do the same. Acclaimed Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodóvar’s unusual and highly affecting meditation on love and loneliness won not only an Academy Award for best screenplay and a Golden Globe for best foreign film, but virtually swept best-film honors at festivals worldwide.