Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most renowned film directors of
recent years. Talk to Her (Hable con ella) is one of the most discussed and
controversial of all his films. Dealing principally with the issue of rape,
it also offers profound insights into the nature of love and friendship
while raising important philosophical and moral questions in unsettling
and often paradoxical ways.
This is the first book to explore and address the philosophical aspects
of Almodóvar’s film. Opening with a helpful introduction by Noël
Carroll that places the film in context, specially commissioned chapters
examine the following topics:
• The relationship between art and morality and the problem of
• Moral injury and its role in the way we form moral judgments,
including the ethics of love and friendship
• The nature of dialogue, sexual objectification and what “listening
to” means in the context of gender
• Almodóvar’s use of allusion and the unmasking of appearances to
explore hidden themes in human nature.
Including a biography of Almodóvar, Talk to Her is essential reading
for students interested in philosophy and film as well as ethics and gender.
It also provides an accessible and informative insight into philosophy for
those in related disciplines such as film studies, literature, and religion.