The Spanish director’s short is an adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-act play of the same name
Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s one-act play The Human Voice, the film is the director’s first work in the English language, and takes place within the confines of a brightly coloured apartment, where Swinton, in typical Almodóvar fashion, waits for an ex-lover who never returns.
Almodóvar previously used this text as the starting point for his 1988 classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which features a phone call in which a woman attempts to convince her partner not to leave her.
Shot in nine days this past July in Madrid, the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to positive reviews. The trailer alone features everything you’ve come to expect from an Almodóvar film: passion, emotion, heartbreak, and melodrama. Swinton swans about in a Balenciaga (SS20) hoop dress before taking a seat, saying wistfully: “When I waited for you, you always came back, until three days ago.”
“You need that feeling that someone understands you completely,” the director previously said on casting Swinton. “In the case of Tilda, it was exactly how I dreamed of her. She’s so open, so intelligent. She gave me a lot of confidence with the logic. In the rehearsal, we understood each other very closely.”
The Human Voice comes to cinemas in the UK on November 7. Watch the trailer below.