I now know of at least two instances when songs appear in films by Wong Kar-Wai and Pedro AlmodÃ³var. It seems that AlmodÃ³var is borrowing from WKW, but I can’t say for sure. All I know is that “CucurrucucÃº Paloma” showed up in both Happy Together (WKW) and Talk To Her (AlmodÃ³var) and that WKW used Nat King Cole’s version of “QuizÃ s, QuizÃ s, QuizÃ s” in In The Mood For Love and AlmodÃ³var had a drag queen mimicking Sara Montiel perform it in AlmodÃ³var’s latest, Bad Education (Spanish title: La mala educaciÃ³n).
I really am not sure what is going on with this back-and-forth, and I somehow doubt that AlmodÃ³var and WKW know each other, but I love the fact that these two “difficult” and visually stunning directors are similarly inspired by the same music.
I hate to admit that I wasn’t very impressed with Talk To Her — generally considered to be AlmodÃ³var’s masterpiece and one of the best films of the decade (according to Time magazine). Honestly, I think the movie was too hyped up for me and I plan to revisit it in the future.
Prior to Talk To Her, AlmodÃ³var created All About My Mother, a movie I do genuinely love. It takes a lot for a movie to make me cry, but I vaguely recall crying when main character’s son is killed within the first fifteen minutes of the movie. That says something, if you ask me.
I’m not quite sure whether I like Bad Education more than All About My Mother, but I will say (immediately after watching it) that I do like it more than Talk To Her. Like Talk To Her it has a story-within-a-story thing going on, though I think what was toyed with in Talk To Her was more fully realized and better executed in Bad Education.
Another thing I love (in case you cannot tell by the title of my blog) is the idea of doubles. Sometimes I think my desire to “double” everything makes movies seem unnecessarily complicated to me (i.e. 2046), but overall I think it makes movies much more enjoyable for me. I loved that in Bad Education there were doubles and doubles of doubles and sometimes the person you though someone was a double of was in fact the double of someone else. Although it sounds confusing, AlmodÃ³var knows what he’s doing and the movie is shockingly easy to follow.
Seeing Bad Education inspires me to check out some of AlmodÃ³var’s earlier films and to re-watch All About My Mother. It also makes me want to give Talk To Her another chance — maybe in a couple of months or so. I’m not yet ready to call him one of my favorite directors, but I think the possibility is there.