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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:
Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Padre de Rosa
Toni Cantó ...
Carlos Lozano ...
Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Doctor 1
Doctor 2
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 USA:

$89,515, 21 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,264,530, 9 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: I look like the Elephant Man!
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Referenced in All Over the Guy (2001) See more »


Written by Ismaël Lô
Lyrics by Ismaël Lô
Performed by Ismaël Lô
Courtesy of Polygram Ibérica, S.A.
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At last, an Almodovar Masterpiece!
10 December 1999 | by 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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