Now that we’re all on the verge of a nervous breakdown (or well past that point), this uproarious program is a salve for our sanity. It’s time for candy-colored dreamscapes on a 30-foot screen!
The Human Voice is filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s lively adaptation of a Jean Cocteau play as well as the director’s English-language debut. Tilda Swinton, adorned in stunning haute couture, served as Almodóvar’s muse for this 30-minute drama, filmed during the pandemic and functioning as “something of a jewel box for his (Almodóvar’s) film career: one tiny, beguiling package encapsulating all of his beloved themes, characters, and visual motifs.” (Rachel Handler, Vulture) Following the short is a restored version of Almodovar’s 1988 screwball comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which was his popular breakthrough and was itself highly influenced by the Cocteau play.
THE HUMAN VOICE
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“A very tasty slice of high melodrama courtesy of Pedro Almodóvar, Jean Cocteau, and Tilda Swinton.”
– Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment. The Human Voice is a moral lesson about desire, even though its protagonist is on the verge of the very same abyss. Risk is an essential part of the adventure of living and loving. Rated R. Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain 2021) 30 min.
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WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
“A feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings down the house.”
– Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
When Pepa Marcos’ (Carmen Maura) lover Ivan (Fernando Guillén) suddenly leaves her without any explanation, she embarks on a strange journey to discover why. On the way she meets a variety of eccentric characters, including Ivan’s son from a previous relationship (Antonio Banderas), his fiancee Marissa (Rossy de Palma) and a Shiite terrorist cell who have been secretly holding her best friend Candela (María Barranco) hostage. It’s a film noir take on the romantic comedy. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain 1988) 88 min.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 20 • 3:30, 6:30
SUNDAY, MARCH 21 • 12:15, 3:30
$12.50 General | $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée | $7 CFI Members