The definition of melodrama might be "ridiculous yet affecting". The women of the poster are as unreachable in the film, where it's possible to read the title as ironic seeing as talking achieves so little. The impossibility of connection imbuing it with real sadness, avoiding a creepiness the story warrants. 3.5
The comfort of strangers indeed, or perhaps care as a form of fetishised obsession. A more restrained Almodovar - and none the worse for it - with an elegiac web of absences and solitudes achieved via coincidence and crossed paths. The stronger emphasis than usual on men is welcome, albeit being supplicant to the adoration of women. The silent film pastiche is a distracting indulgence, otherwise it's superb overall.