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

 -  Drama  -  16 April 1999 (Spain)
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Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.

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Antonia San Juan ...
Agrado
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Rosa Maria Sardà ...
Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ...
Toni Cantó ...
Lola
Eloy Azorín ...
Esteban
Carlos Lozano ...
Mario
Fernando Guillén ...
Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Manuel Morón ...
Doctor 1
José Luis Torrijo ...
Doctor 2
Juan José Otegui ...
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Carmen Balagué
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A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his 17th birthday as he runs to seek an actress's autograph. She goes to Barcelona to find the lad's father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he has a child. First she finds her friend, Agrado, a wild yet caring transvestite; through him she meets Rosa, a young nun bound for El Salvador, but instead finds out she is pregnant by Lola. Manuela becomes the personal assistant of Huma Rojo, the actress her son admired, by helping Huma manage Nina, the co-star and Huma's lover. However, Agrado soon takes over when Manuela must care for Hermana Rosa's risky pregnancy. With echos of Lorca, "All About Eve," and "Streetcar Named Desire," the mothers (and fathers and actors) live out grief, love, and friendship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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:

$89,515 (USA) (19 November 1999)

Gross:

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

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 »

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Manuela: You are not a human being , , Lola. You are an epidemic.
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Superb Acting make for Absorbing Drama
22 July 2004 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

As this was my first Almodovar movie I didn't quite expect that much,was I ever going to be surprised.Almodovar is widely seen as the greatest Spanish cineast since Luis Bunuel,which I really like,and I must say that I concur with that.The resemblances between the two directors are also there,both use intense drama and comedy in one scene to great effect and both attack the church in a big way.

TODO SOBRE MI MADRE is simply one of the best drama's I've ever seen because of it's superb acting and difficult but inventive storyline.The characters are also very well worked out. Leading lady Cecilia Roth is sensational as the mourning mother and the rest of the cast isn't any worse.The supporting roles by Penelope Cruz,Marise Paredes and especially Antonia San Juan are great.San Juan is a real time transvestite which makes it even more realistic. Almodovar caused quite a commotion with this provocative film although it never goes over the line(at least not in my taste)but you should not be old fashioned or truly religious because then it will offend you.

The humor that is put in the film makes it an even better experience.The mixture of intense drama and comedy is perfect.Another brilliant addition is the great soundtrack.The mixture between harmonic classical pieces and jazzy compositions is magnificent.

I can't wait to see more of Almodovar's work. 9/10 (currently number 39 in my all time top 100 list)


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