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All About My Mother
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All About My Mother

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penélope Cruz


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Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on him. One night, Manuela


Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on him. One night, Manuela and Esteban take in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire; after the show, Esteban is struck and killed by a passing motorist as he dashes into the street to get an autograph from Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), who played Blanche. Emotionally devastated, Manuela relocates to Barcelona in hopes of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban's father), who is now working as a female impersonator. Manuela becomes reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a transsexual, and is introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more cynical mother (Rosa María Sardà). While looking for work, Manuela becomes acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma, on the other hand, has troubles of her own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela Peña). Displaying Almodóvar's trademark visual style and a unusually strong sense of character-driven drama, Todo Sobre Mi Madre/All About My Mother received a highly anticipated theatrical run in Spain before winning the Best Director award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival; in 2000, Almodóvar would receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most innovative directors to emerge during the 1980s, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is at the top of his game with All About My Mother, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. With his customary panache, Almodóvar employs colorful characters and absurdist comedy to brighten a tragic story. Following the accidental death of her teenage son, hospital worker Manuela (Cecilia Roth) reads the boy's diary and learns of his unfulfilled desire to meet the father he never knew. This knowledge spurs Manuela to find her former lover, a quest that brings the grief-stricken mother in contact with her son's favorite actress (Marisa Parides), a beautiful, pregnant nun (Penelope Cruz), and an old acquaintance who's become a drag queen (Antonio San Juan). Almodóvar limns these troubled but sympathetic characters in rich detail and elicits sterling performances from a talented cast. In equal measures compassionate and campy, All About My Mother lovingly acknowledges society's oddballs and outcasts.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Putting his distinctive spin on the women's picture, renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar affectionately salutes the female spirit and alternative families in All About My Mother. Combining serious melodrama with Almodóvar's signature flair for splashy color and flamboyant, theatrical characters, Manuela's journey to Barcelona to find her dead son's father and assuage her grief balances humor, pathos, and profound insight into love of all kinds -- especially maternal. The unexpected fortitude and empathy she discovers, with the help of a transsexual, a stage diva, and a pregnant nun, turn All About My Mother into a joyful portrait of feminine complexity (complete with La Agrado's hilariously candid monologue about what it took to make her a "real" woman). Among the outstanding cast of actresses in a film dedicated to actresses, Cecilia Roth glows as Manuela, revealing the depths of pain in her face even as she carves out a new life. Marisa Paredes manages to be both imperious and touchingly vulnerable as theater star Huma. Hailed as Almodóvar's most mature and heartfelt work, All About My Mother earned the Best Director prize at Cannes, numerous critics' awards, and a richly deserved Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Exclusive Interview, "An Intimate Conversation with Pedro Almodovar"; Isolated Music Score; Director's Production Notes; Talent Files; Scene Selections; Interactive Menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cecilia Roth Manuela
Marisa Paredes Huma Rojo
Penélope Cruz Sister Rosa
Candela Peña Nina
Antonia San Juan La Agrado
Eloy Azorin Esteban
Rosa María Sardà Rosa's Mother
Toni Canto Lola
Fernando Fernán Gómez Rosa's Father
Fernando Guillén Doctor in "Streetcar Named Desire"
Cayetana Guillen Cuervo Manuela's boss
Carlos Lozano Actor

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Screenwriter
Agustín Almodóvar Executive Producer
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Antxon Gomez Art Director
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Miguel Rejas Sound/Sound Designer
José Salcedo Editor


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All About My Mother 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a foreign film addict and I love Pedro Almodovar's films. I loved Cecilia Roth in the film. And a young Penelope Cruz... I'm a true fan of hers! This cast was perfect! And what a great job by Antonio San Juan... someone I've never heard of before. Truly an original story! You have to see this movie to understand the true dynamic and complexity of women!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truely enjoyable film. A mother searchs for her son's father after the son's death. She starts a new life with her friends, gets to know an actress her son was fan of, and finds out one of her friend being pregnant and HIV positive... Things keep happening in this movie through Manuela's life. I think this in the most emotional film Pedro Almodóvar have ever made as far as I know. Simply a GOOD movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have gotten this far you already know that it is a great film, it did win the academy award for best foreign picture for 1999, after all. What I was wanting to add was that the DVD is great, there are extras that are not all too common in foreign films. This one has ''an intimate conversation with Pedro Almodovar'' (in English), as well as the making of a featurette and talent files. This film is in Spanish with subtitles in English, French, or no subtitles (some of the Spanish language DVDs that I have seen do not have the option where you can turn off the subtitles; two movies movies in Spanish where you cannot turn off subtitles are Thesis and The Official Story, two movies in Spanish where you can turn off subtitles are All About My Mother and The First Night of My Life).
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Director Pedro Almodovar is able to get out of his actors is nothing short of greatness. This movie is a real stunner and the subject matter is off the wall, and that is what make's Almodovar the great Spanish Director he is...The story moves from, Barcelona to Madrid and back again, then back to Madrid. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is raising her son Esteban, (Eloy Azorin), he is seventeen and they are celebrating his birthday by taking in a stage play, (Streetcar Named Desire) After the show Esteban asks his mother to wait outside with him to get Huma Rojo's autograph (Marisa Paredes) she plays Blanche and does a great performance. They are standing in the rain across the street and finally Huma and her friend come out. They are already in the back of the taxi when Esteban puts his face and notebook to the window, Huma looks puzzled and is not aware of what Estefan wants, she looks out the back window and Esteban starts running to catch up with the taxi, and car comes from the side street and hits Esteban. Thus starts the journey to Madrid to see if Manuela can find Esteban's father, who is a transvestite (Lola) and did not know Manuela was pregnant when she left him. Searching for Lola at a famous (on the outskirts of Madrid pickup place for sexual encounters) Manuela runs into an old friend, Agrado, (Antonia San Juan), who is a women playing a man who is playing a transvestite and she is fantastic. At one point Agrado does a scene on stage and wow's the audience with a rundown on how much money it has cost him to have implants, nose job, silicone injection's etc. it is quite funny. The story gets complicated about this time and Manuela decides to stay in Madrid, works for Huma backstage for awhile and takes care of Penelope Cruz, (Sister Rosa) Later all the pieces fit together and you are left with a feeling that you have seen one of the greatest film's of our time. There are those out there, who I'm sure, will be offended by some of the characters. But, if you can rise above your predisposed notions and do not mind reading caption's, then I say that you will be very entertained. I give this flick an a+ 10/10+ ciao yaaah69