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All About My Mother

"All About Almodóvar" Series

Almodóvar’s new tale of loss, grief and regeneration is a dazzling entertainment of considerable formal and emotional sophistication that outshines the superficiality of most of his earlier work. After seeing her beloved teenage son Esteban run over and killed, Manuela (Cecilia Roth) leaves Madrid for her hometown of Barcelona to cope with her sadness and – maybe – contact the estranged father the boy regretfully never knew. There, she slowly regains her will to live as she becomes increasingly immersed in the problematic lives of others: her old friend, transvestite La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), actress Huma Rojo, and Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a nun with a secret… Notwithstanding the subject matter, Almodóvar’s film is anything but a downer, and not only because Manuela’s journey entails a rediscovery of purpose, hope and family; the serious scenes are counterbalanced by generous dollops of comedy. Moreover, it’s exhilarating simply to see how skilfully Almodóvar creates, interweaves and integrates the plot’s many coincidences, contrivances, twists and allusions (All About Eve, A Streetcar Named Desire, Opening Night, the books of Capote, Lorca, etc). While the film is clearly an affectionate, heartfelt tribute to women – specifically to mothers and actresses – it’s arguable that it succeeds best as a beautifully crafted, semi-ironic melodrama. Very pleasurable indeed. – Geoff Andrew, London Time OutOscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 1999
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Directed by: 
Pedro Almodóvar
Running Time: 
105
Starring: 
Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penélope Cruz, Antonia San Juan
Screenplay by: 
Pedro Almodóvar

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