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All About My Mother (1999)
"Todo sobre mi madre" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  31 March 2000 (USA)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.


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Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself since the time he was born. On his 17th birthday they go to the theater and after the show, Esteban tries to get the main actress' autograph but is run down on the street and dies. Manuela is beside herself with grief and decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy's transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had. He is nowhere to be found but Manuela does find an old friend, Agrado and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa. Together they form a life and become fast friends - until tragedy strikes again. Written by garykmcd

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Part of every woman is a mother/actress/saint/sinner. And part of every man is a woman. (English trailer)



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Rated R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£99,533 (UK) (27 August 1999)


ESP 1,656,949,822 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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All authors mentioned in the movie are famously gay writers: Truman Capote, Tennesse Williams and Federico García-Lorca. See more »


Manuela: I'm not a whore. I've been fucked around a lot, but I'm not a whore.
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References L'important c'est d'aimer (1975) See more »


Written by Dino Saluzzi
Performed by Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Marc Johnson and José Saluzzi
Courtesy of ECM Records
(from "Cité de la musique" 1997)
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1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a genius Almodovar is! Who else could take such esoteric material and make it not only enjoyable, but relatable. It takes a lot of chutzpah for a male director to swan dive into the gulf of womanhood (I can't believe I just wrote that) and emerge with such truth, HUMAN truth. While the characters of this film seem to represent certain female archetypes, they still flow organically through the ingenious plot. Almodovar shows us that any taboo subject can be tackled without it being exploited when it is done with a compassionate heart. The sheer WARMTH of this movie is what makes it a stunning success. The performances in this film are unforgettable. Cecilia Roth is so dazzling and real, and heartbreaking. But only a genius like Almodovar can break our hearts but still give us hope.

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