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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonia San Juan ...
Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Toni Cantó ...
Carlos Lozano ...
Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Doctor 1
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)



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

All About My Mother  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£99,533 (UK) (27 August 1999)


$8,264,530 (USA) (7 July 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Written by Ismaël Lô
Lyrics by Ismaël Lô
Performed by Ismaël Lô
Courtesy of Polygram Ibérica, S.A.
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One of the best films ever made
13 August 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie at the Seattle Film Festival and was really blown away by it. What a adventurous story this is. Almodovar has been consistently making one great film after another. He is one of the most prolific directors alive today. He never shies away from interesting material. And he is always pursuing new things stylistically. The acting in this film is superb also. High calliber actors everywhere doing the best work of their lives. I especially liked Cecilia Rath's performance - simple and no-nonsense stuff. How do we get more films like this made? I wander if Almodovar can sustain work on this scale in the future. I really hope he does and I plan to see every one of his films.

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