All About My Mother

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1999

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Director:
Pedro Almodovar
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
All About My Mother is a thrilling drama from 1999 that takes place in Madrid and Barcelona. A single mother is walking around town with her son on his 17th birthday when he is runs to get an autograph from a famous actress and is tragically killed. The mother, Manuela (Cecilia Roth), goes on a search to find the father of her recently deceased son. This takes Manuela on a wild adventure throughout the city of Barcelona to find a man named Lola (Tony Canto) who is a transvestite in the big city. Lola is an extremely difficult man to track down, and in her search to find him Manuela encounters many old friends as well as a few new faces. Will Manuela be able to pass by all of her old friends without a care? Or will it turn out that she get sidetracked along the way to finding Lola?

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  • 90

    The New York Times

    It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A surprisingly satisfying combination of bawdy sexual humor, genuine emotion and a plot with mechanics so excessive that Almodóvar himself calls it "a screwball drama."

  • 80

    Variety

    An emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends.

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

primadonnas, quirky characters, single parent, parent and child, ensemble cast