How might we compare the ending to the film with the opening? What does the film have to say?

Music is sad from the start of the film when Benigo and Marco  is sitting in the theater and the end as Marco walks into Benigo apartment, this signifies that the whole film is based on a tragedy as the viewer knows something bad is going to happen. As the negative music in the opening is signifying  a negative moment which is the rape to come. The negative music at the end is representing Marcos realization of how obsessed Benigo is with Alicia due to the pictures of Alicia in his apartment, also as there is a close up Alicia as she sits on a chair in the dance studio. This is then shown as a action reaction shot as the music is heightened when cuts back to a close up of Marco showing his shocked expression. In the beginning of the film Benigo is Talking about how he needs to get a photo framed and talking about a catalogue of new furniture this is then clear to the viewer from the end of the film that Benigo created his apartment for him Alicia to live in. There is a close up of Marcos phone and a book on the bed side table this represents Almadovas use of media in the film to portray a message through, the same as the use of the theatrical performance at the beginning to show the show and book link to the following scenes in the film. From the beginning of the film Both characters Marco and Benigo are sat together in the same frame, however Marco is crying but Benigo isn’t, this from the start represents the characters as the same but showing that Benigo is different represented as being emotionless. However a the end of the film when Benigo is in prison and Marco comes to visit they are not framed together, you see them differently through the use of shot reverse shot, and both characters are crying at this point. This represents the men as being quite similar, this scene also represents men as being weak, when men especially men in prison are usually stereotyped as being tough. Also in the scene before this the Guard at the prison said to Marco that he cant tell Benigo anything about Alicia, this is one of  many scenes in the film that mis guides the viewer and contradicts the film title as the film is called ‘talk to her’ when actually miscommunication is one of the main messages of the film. Portraying it as in issue as Benigo never gets to talk to Alicia and still doesnt get the chance to talk to her as he kills himself, however this could of been for the best.

The use of pathetic fallacy as it is raining at the begging of the film when Alicia is the accident reflects her negative future of being in a coma. Again pathetic fallacy is used again in the ending of the film as there is a close up shot of a windiw as rain drops fall, this is from a Point of view shot from Benigo, it then cuts back to a mid shot of Benigo he says “i like rainy days” as this is Benigo reflecting on his time spent looking after Alicia whilst she was in a coma. There is also a  topic change from talking about alicia, when Benigo is asking if Marco is okay, this creates sympathy for Benigo, as even though hes been accused of rape he is still caring for people.

There is a monatge of the prison used at the end of the film, it shows different shots from out side the prison such as the barbed wire, Previous to this Marco had read Benigo voice mail where he says “escape”. So this montage of the outside of the prison mis leads the viewer into thinking he is going to escape the prison, but he actually kills himself. This use of misguidance is also used at the begging of the film as Marco isn’t actually crying about the performance he is crying about his wife. When Marco goes to visit Benigos grave he tells the truth about Alicia being alive, again this is another scene where someone is talking to their selves rather than to the actual person, another act of miscommunication. This contradicts to beginning of the film as Benigo has to lie to the people at the hospital about his love for Alicia. The beginning of the film there is a theatrical performance that portrays a negative vibe, as it represents the two girls in the coma, as the two women on stage are in clothing that looks like Alicia and Lydias hospital gowns and they are both blind towards whats in front of them. The men on the stage are representing Marco and Benigo as they are protecting the women. However this performance is different to the performances at the end as it is more positive as the music is more upbeat, also the dancers on stage are in couples in brighter clothing. This is just after Marco has seen Alicia again for the first time and then both are framed together right at the end of the film presenting their connecting together. There is a order of three as Marco sits on the left of the frame and then there is a gap in the seats to represent as though Benigo would be there to show he is not forgotten and then to the right of the frame sits Alicia with a stoplight on her, this shot and the story of the performance portrays to the audience as though Marco and Alicia are going to be a couple. However from the framed shot of both Marco and Benigo together at the begging of the film , guides the viewer into think both Marco and Benigo are a gay couple.


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