Opera Philadelphia

La voix humaine + The Human Voice

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Film Center
Part of Opera on Film
Part of Festival O22

Two films based on the same Jean Cocteau play come together for a fascinating double feature, as James Darrah’s 2021 La voix humaine starring Patricia Racette is paired with Pedro Almódovar’s 202The Human Voice starring Tilda Swinton. Darrah’s adaptation of the Poulenc opera, produced by Opera Philadelphia, tells the story of one woman (Racette) as she grapples with grief, denial, and anger in the face of unrequited love, all shared through a one-sided telephone call. In Almodóvar’s first English-language film, called “the most rewarding 30 minutes you could imagine” by Rolling Stonea woman (Swinton) watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. 

The Human Voice is rated R for some drug content and nude images. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

MapPhiladelphia Film Center

Sat, Oct 1 1:00 p.m.

Approximately 80 minutes

Language: English and French with English subtitles

Major support for LA VOIX HUMAINE was provided by Dr. Renée Rollin. Made possible by an OPERA America Foundation Grant supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Presser Foundation. Patricia Racette's performance was underwritten by Ellen Steiner.

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