With 'I'm So Excited!' on the way we countdown the director's best work
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1. "Talk to Her" (2002)
If “All About My Mother” hadn’t already done so, Almodóvar’s richly conflicted love story marked the point at which the former enfant terrible officially crossed over into art house respectability (winning him a general-category Oscar to boot). But while that may imply a certain dulling of his edge, he’s never made a more difficult, deeply felt film than this darkly uplifting tale of two men drawn together by their love for absent women, albeit fostered in very different circumstances. Almodóvar’s subsequent films suggest he may never top this one, but he doesn’t need to.