All About My Mother

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, ManuelaSee more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0043396332232
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
455

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All About My Mother
1. Writing Muse [8:17]
2. Date Night at the Theater [7:52]
3. Following His Heart [8:13]
4. Unsettled Business [6:50]
5. Helping People [7:45]
6. Alarming News [6:55]
7. The Story of a Friend [5:33]
8. The Show Must Go On [7:38]
9. Girl Gossip [10:31]
10. Mother's Intuition [6:32]
11. Very Agreeable [16:51]
12. So Much Change [8:17]

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