The Human Voice | hits UK cinemas on 19 May 2021

The Human Voice unites Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton for a short film and it is the first English-language film from the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

The Human Voice is an adaptation based on Jean Cocteau’s 1930 stage play of the same name. It was adapted by Rossellini in the 40s and also proved to be a jumping-off point for Almódovar’s own Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Almodóvar told IndieWire back in February 2020 that for The Human Voice, he worked with Swinton to update aspects of the story, where the character attempts to convince her partner not to leave her. “We worked with her to see if it would be correct for her to say this or that,” he said. “I thought that there is not any kind of woman who can behave like this because it’s very old-fashioned. That mentality doesn’t exist.”

“A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come to pick them up but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.” –

The release date was 21 October 2020 (Spain)


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