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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.

Director:

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

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 transgender woman named Lola who does not know she has a child. First she finds her friend, Agrado, a wild yet caring transgender woman; through her 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 " A Streetcar Named Desire," the mothers (and fathers and actors) live out grief, love, and friendship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Trivia

Pedro Almodóvar recreates the accident scene from John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977) as the epicenter of the dramatic conflict. See more »

Quotes

Agrado: Just don't disappear again. I like to say good-bye to the people I love, even if it's only to cry my eyes out, bitch.
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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

References Cabaret (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Coral para mi pequeño y lejano pueblo
Written by Dino Saluzzi
Performed by Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Marc Johnson and José Saluzzi
Courtesy of ECM Records
(from "Cité de la musique" 1997)
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Superb Acting make for Absorbing Drama
22 July 2004 | by erwan_tichelerSee all my reviews

As this was my first Almodovar movie I didn't quite expect that much,was I ever going to be surprised.Almodovar is widely seen as the greatest Spanish cineast since Luis Bunuel,which I really like,and I must say that I concur with that.The resemblances between the two directors are also there,both use intense drama and comedy in one scene to great effect and both attack the church in a big way.

TODO SOBRE MI MADRE is simply one of the best drama's I've ever seen because of it's superb acting and difficult but inventive storyline.The characters are also very well worked out. Leading lady Cecilia Roth is sensational as the mourning mother and the rest of the cast isn't any worse.The supporting roles by Penelope Cruz,Marise Paredes and especially Antonia San Juan are great.San Juan is a real time transvestite which makes it even more realistic. Almodovar caused quite a commotion with this provocative film although it never goes over the line(at least not in my taste)but you should not be old fashioned or truly religious because then it will offend you.

The humor that is put in the film makes it an even better experience.The mixture of intense drama and comedy is perfect.Another brilliant addition is the great soundtrack.The mixture between harmonic classical pieces and jazzy compositions is magnificent.

I can't wait to see more of Almodovar's work. 9/10 (currently number 39 in my all time top 100 list)


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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:

$50,362, 7 November 1999

Gross USA:

$8,344,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,952,969
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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