‘The Human Voice’ Review: Tilda Swinton Burns Up the Screen in Pedro Almodóvar’s English-Language Debut [NYFF 2020]
Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by Hoai-Tran Bui
In his 40-year career, Pedro Almodóvar was never tempted by the allure of the Hollywood lights to direct an English-language film, like so many of his international compatriots. The Spanish auteur’s unique brand of candy-colored kitsch, of bold colors and even bolder emotions, would only be neutered under a Hollywood studio, which Almodóvar was probably well aware of. So it’s fitting that he would only cross the language barrier under his own terms, in isolation, with the short film The Human Voice, anchored by a blazing performance from Tilda Swinton.