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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 second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

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Pedro Almodóvar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Roth ... Manuela
Marisa Paredes ... Huma Rojo
Candela Peña ... Nina
Antonia San Juan ... Agrado
Penélope Cruz ... Hermana Rosa
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Padre de Rosa
Toni Cantó Toni Cantó ... Lola
Eloy Azorín ... Esteban
Carlos Lozano Carlos Lozano ... Mario
Fernando Guillén ... Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Manuel Morón ... Doctor 1
José Luis Torrijo ... Doctor 2
Juan José Otegui ... Ginecólogo
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 transgender mother Lola, about the death of the son she never knew he had. She 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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Taglines:

Part of every woman is a mother/actress/saint/sinner. And part of every man is a woman. (English trailer)

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Catalan

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,515, 21 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,264,530, 9 July 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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French visa #95242. See more »

Quotes

Huma Rojo: There are people who think that children are made in a day. But it takes a long time, a very long time. That's why it's so awful to see your child's blood on the ground. A stream that flows for a minute yet costs us years. When I found my son, he was lying in the middle of the street. I soaked my hands in his blood and I licked them. Because it was mine. Animals lick their young, don't they? I'm not disgusted by my son. You don't know what it's like. In a monstrance of glass and topaz. I would ...
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Alternate Versions

Three minutes are cut from the US version. The total running time of the Spanish version is 104 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Miao Miao (2008) See more »

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Tajabone
Written by Ismaël Lô
Lyrics by Ismaël Lô
Performed by Ismaël Lô
Courtesy of Polygram Ibérica, S.A.
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An exquisite masterpiece
22 December 1999 | by irinSee all my reviews

Almodovar is masterful: he has created a film that seeps into you and rips apart your insides. Each moment is flawlessly crafted- the cinematography and light are lush, the writing is heart-wrenching. Loaded with irony and paradox, the story deals sensitively with a plotline that could have been sensationalistic. The strongest feature is perhaps the acting here, which is consistently superb, particularly in the case of Cecilia Roth, the lead actress. This may be the best film I have ever seen.


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