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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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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 ...
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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: I'm not a whore. I've been fucked around a lot, but I'm not a whore.
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Gorrión
Written by Dino Saluzzi
Performed by Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Marc Johnson and José Saluzzi
Courtesy of EMC Records
(from "Cité de la musique" 1997)
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At last, an Almodovar Masterpiece!
10 December 1999 | by (Bogota, Colombia) – See all my reviews

At last, an Almodovar Masterpiece! Now we have the final proof and can say without any doubt: Spain has a new true genius. From MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS, Almodovar had shown that in his mind rounded an ace, and now several years after and with an irregular filmography, brings us his perfect masterpiece: TODO SOBRE MI MADRE, a homage to all women beginning with Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands, Romy Schneider… and ending with his own mother.

Here we see not just a delicious plot, perfectly narrated, but a camera that fixes everything as if it was the last time, our last chance to watch the indescribable feminine nature in a whole panorama where tenderness and courage rule life.

A puzzle of transitions, a delicate picture of characters and, as ever, a set design that remarks each scene with a touch of simplicity and sophistication. Cecilia Roth is great, superb, unforgettable… but she's not alone: Penelope Cruz, beautiful, vulnerable as a `rose'; Marisa Paredes, an actress in her perfect role, without forget to Antonia San Juan, `La Agrado' and Mr. Fernando Fernan Gomez.

Please, don't wait until someone tells you more about a film that puts melodrama, drama, comedy and… how not: tragedy, in a eternal stream of harmony. It's a pity: cinema is more pretty than life.


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