All About My Mother

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Synopsis:
Internationally acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodóvar (2003 Oscar® winner, Best Screen¬play, Talk to Her; Bad Education, The Flower of my Secret) delivers his finest film yet, a poignant masterpiece of unconditional love, survival and redemption. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son, an aspiring writer. But when tragedy strikes and her beloved only child is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. The heartbroken woman learns her son's final wish was to know his father - the man she abandoned when she was pregnant 18 years earlier. Returning to Barcelona in search of him, Manuela overcomes her grief and becomes caregiver to a colorful [object]ed family: a pregnant nun (Penélope Cruz), a transvestite prostitute (Antonia San Juan), and two troubled actresses (Marisa Paredes and Candela Peña). With riveting performances, unforgettable characters and creative plot twists, this touching screwball melodrama is "An absolute stunner. A funny, touching and vital film marks a career peak for Almodóvar!" - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Theatrical Release: 1999
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 101 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: Spanish

Synopsis:
Internationally acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodóvar (2003 Oscar® winner, Best Screen¬play, Talk to Her; Bad Education, The Flower of my Secret) delivers his finest film yet, a poignant masterpiece of unconditional love, survival and redemption. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son, an aspiring writer. But when tragedy strikes and her beloved only child is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. The heartbroken woman learns her son's final wish was to know his father - the man she abandoned when she was pregnant 18 years earlier. Returning to Barcelona in search of him, Manuela overcomes her grief and becomes caregiver to a colorful [object]ed family: a pregnant nun (Penélope Cruz), a transvestite prostitute (Antonia San Juan), and two troubled actresses (Marisa Paredes and Candela Peña). With riveting performances, unforgettable characters and creative plot twists, this touching screwball melodrama is "An absolute stunner. A funny, touching and vital film marks a career peak for Almodóvar!" - Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Cecilia Roth stars in this celebrated film from Spanish director Pedro Almod?var. Distraught over the death of her teenage son, Manuela drives to Barcelona to find the boy's father, an itinerant transsexual named Lola (Toni Canto). While combing the city's less reputable districts, she also meets up with Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a sassy transvestite prostitute, and Rosa (Pen?lope Cruz), a pregnant nun on her way to El Salvador. She also becomes the manager for Huma (Marisa Paredes), the actress her son idolized, and helps her through a run of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Together these great ladies bond through various heartrending crises, enduring the pain and celebrating the beauty of being women (or almost women). Considered to be one of Almod?var's most fully realized works, this charming and unique film blends his earlier gender-bending irreverence with the mature grace and compassion of his later work, striking a perfect note of humor and pathos.;

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Celia Roth - Spanish Actress, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
Toni Cant? - Spanish Actor
Marisa Parades -
Jose Salcedo - Editor
Alberto Iglesias - Composer, TAKE MY EYES (2006)
Affonso Beato -
Agustin Almodovar -
Antxon Gomez - ART DIRECTOR
Eloy Azorin - Actor
Antonia San Juan - Actress
Sabine Daigeler - Costume Designer
Jose Maria De Cossio - Costume Designer
Variety

"...Emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played....[The film's] witty script focuses on the characters' stoic resilience and good humor..."
Rolling Stone
12/09/1999
"...The best foreign movie of the year....A unique and unforgettable tribute to female solidarity..."
Sight and Sound
09/??/1999
"...[The film] dramatises a general condition with formal elegance, nuanced observations and emotional resonance..."
Entertainment Weekly
01/07/2000
"...Almod?var's masterwork, a synthesis of the director's fabulous fetishes..." -- Rating: A
New York Times
11/19/1999
"...It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion..."
Box Office
07/01/1999
"...Almodovar creates an impressively rich, evocative film replete with uniformly fine performances..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today
11/19/1999
"...Mothers definitely get their due here....There is certainly an array of outrageous characters..."
Cannes Best Director Winner 1999
Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Winner 1999

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