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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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Storyline

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 father Lola, a transvestite, 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:

$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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Huma Rojo: But can you act?
Manuela: I can lie very well, and I'm used to improvising.
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Coral para mi pequeño y lejano pueblo
Written by Dino Saluzzi
Performed by Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Marc Johnson and José Saluzzi
Courtesy of EMC Records
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One of the most compelling movies I've ever seen.
4 March 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

I've watched this masterpiece by Almodovar four times. Each time I unearth new sequences of pure unadulterated truth, beauty, and genius. It is just a totally compelling and amazingly insightful comedy-tragedy that works on so many levels.

Cecilia Roth is an Almodovar favorite, and there's no mystery as to why this is the case. She can express tragedy, wisdom, and an appreciation of dark humor only with her eyes and facial positioning, and express all three vividly at the same time. Her voice also is as commanding of respect as it is sexy and fragile.

Almodovar eye for visual poems of incongruity reaches a new pinnacle in this masterpiece. First, there is the haunting by-play of darkness and light preceding Roth coming to the rescue of El Agreado. Much later, we are treated to the brightness of the upscale restaurant Roth where Roth waits for her ex-husband Lola juxtaposed with a merciless exploration of the vast dark despair of Lola's eyes. Between these bookend-style frames, the profound dualities abound.

If you see one foreign language film per year, make this your next one.


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