Issues and debates about “Talk to Her” we have to address:
- A melodrama that works according to its own internal rules (of coincidence,
etc.) and the viewing problems this may create
- A film about love?
- The problems of maintaining sympathy for Benigno after the rape of Alicia
- Lydia as character or plot function
- Marco and Benigno
- An Almodovar film – signature characteristics?
- The social and cultural contexts of production
- Critical response
Section C: Single Film - Critical Study
The ability of candidates to engage in critical study of a single film is examined in this
The synoptic dimension is clear – as there is the expectation that the candidate's cumulative learning will be brought to bear in this study.
Critical approaches that may be applied include those arising from the frameworks
for the FM3 research project while contextual study will consolidate work completed
for FM2 and FM4 Sections A and B.
The role of macro and micro elements of film in the construction of meaning and the creation of emotion informs the specification as a whole.
Each of the films available for study has given rise to much debate in its critical
reception and each lends itself to study within one or more of the critical frameworks
listed for FM3.
A consideration of some of these debates (see below) and the application of critical frameworks will provide the basis for the candidate's own engagement with the film.