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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonia San Juan ...
Rosa Maria Sardà ...
Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ...
Toni Cantó ...
Carlos Lozano ...
Fernando Guillén ...
Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Manuel Morón ...
Doctor 1
José Luis Torrijo ...
Doctor 2
Juan José Otegui ...
Carmen Balagué


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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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA)  »

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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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Did You Know?


Agrado's monologue was based on a real life event. When the electronic system of an Argentinian theater failed, the director suspended the show. Actress Lola Membrives decided to give the news to the audience and make them an offer: if they'd stay, they could listen to the narration of her life. See more »


Agrado: Well, as I was saying, it costs a lot to be authentic, ma'am. And one can't be stingy with these things because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you've dreamed of being.
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Referenced in 7 Numara (2000) See more »


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19 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Very few directors, since Bunuel, Fassbinder, Lindsay Anderson and Roman Polanski, have been able to translate their own, very private universes, to the screen. That is why, it divides audiences in such a radical way.

You love it or you hate it. I think, that is the final objective of an artist, to express their view, to give us their own version of the world we live in. It enriches us, it makes us more aware of the million faces of human nature. Thanks to Almodovar we're allowed to feel identified with, what we may consider, marginal characters. What a different experience is to sit through an Almodovar film and a Ron Howard film for instance. Almodovar remains, becomes part of us, Ron Howard's vanishes as we're leaving the movie theater.

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