Thursday, February 7, 2013

All About My Mother

1999 Spanish/French Feature
Alternate Title: Todo sobre mi madre

Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz and Candela Peña
Writer/Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Following the tragic death of her teenaged son, Manuela travels to Barcelona to find her son's father, Lola, an AIDS-stricken transvestite. While searching, her life becomes intertwined with a pregnant nun, a transsexual prostitute and a legendary stage actress.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 92% 
  • Metacritic - Critics: 87% / Audience: 8.5%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film Not in the English Language and Director; also nominated for Original Screenplay.
  • British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Language Independent Film.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Cannes Film Festival Ecumenical Jury Prize and Best Director Award.
  • César Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • European Film Awards for Best Film and Actress; Audience Award for Best Director(Roth).
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Goya Awards for Best Film, Director, Actress (Roth), Production Supervision, Original Score, Editing and Sound.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Foreign Language Film of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Film.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • The plot of All About My Mother originated in Pedro Almodóvar's earlier film The Flower of My Secret, which showed student doctors being trained in how to persuade grieving relatives to allow organs to be used for transplant, focusing on the mother of a teenager killed in a road accident. The character of Manuela also appears in the earlier film, played by actress Kiti Manver.
  • Almodóvar dedicated this film "To all actresses who have played actresses. To all women who act. To men who act and become women. To all the people who want to be mothers. To my mother."

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