FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 8PM | ZUCCOTTI PARK, NYC (Meet at steps on Broadway side)
Shabbat is a rejection of commerce, capitalism & exploitation: A day free from work, from business transactions, from handling money. As the Old Testament says, “And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt….
Oh man, does this take me back! I wore this record OUT! But I just wanted to point out that not only was this song a success for Gloria (on the Latin pop charts during the early 90s), but also how it was a huge success for her lyricist who happens to be a fellow Colombian. Born Fabio Alonso Salgado better known as Estéfano, born in Cali Colombia.
A lot of people are under the assumption that the song is about her native Cuba - and it just might be, but why do you think we hear an accordion playing in the background? Accordions are synonymous with Colombian folk music, e.g. Vallenatos. Sure, you can argue that his musical background may have influenced the song, but when you really go over the lyrics with a fine-tooth comb you’ll realize there’s more than meets the eye.
Either way, both are incredibly talented folks and dare I say, after all these years, Gloria still looks as stunning as ever. She’d have to be a Virgo, just like me. You. Go. Gurrrl! ;)
Almodóvar’s 14th feature is an effortlessly accomplished and richly resonant work.
It explores the pain of loneliness and loss, observes the difficulties of emotional communication between the sexes, but simultaneously celebrates the joy of friendship and art.
The film’s complex narrative, which is divided into three unequal sections as well as shifting forwards and backwards in time, is interspersed with a number of scintillating sequences.
There’s the eroticism of Lydia being fitted into her ceremonial costume, the open-air, night-time recital of Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso, and the clever seven-minute silent film “The Shrinking Lover”, where the diminutive protagonist explores the contours of his lover’s anatomy. (The female body belongs here to “Sex and Lucia" actress Paz Vega).
Shot in warm, vivid tones by cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, ”Talk to Her” is a film of exceptional compassion and generosity.
Definitely a must see!
Addendum: This song is sonic perfection! Almodóvar always knows how to select great music that mirrors his films perfectly. Raquel is a prime example of how other embellishments aren’t necessary to tell a story. It takes you through a tidal wave of emotion without a single word.