All About My Mother - DVD

All About My Mother

Country: Spain y France
Release Date: April 16, 1999
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz, Candela Peña …
Awards: Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; Goya Awards: Best Film ...

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All About My Mother

All About My Mother - sceneAll About My Mother (Spanish: Todo sobre mi madre) is a 1999 Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, transvestitism, faith, and existentialism.

The plot originates in Almodóvar’s earlier film The Flower of My Secret which shows 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.


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A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Manuela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness.

That same night, while waiting in the hospital, she reads the last lines written by her son in a notebook that he always kept by his side. “This morning I looked through my mother’s bedroom until I found a stack of photographs. All of them were cut in half. My father, I suppose. I have the impression that my life is missing that same half. I want to meet him, I don’t care who he is, or how he treated my mother. No one can take that right away from me.”

Cecilia Roth as Manuela and Eloy Azorin as EstebanShe never told Esteban who he was, “your father died long before you were born” was all she ever told him. In memory of her son, Manuela leaves Madrid and goes to Barcelona in search of his father. She wants to tell him that their son’s last written words were directed to him, even though he never knew his father. But first she has to tell him that, when she abandoned him eighteen years ago, she was pregnant, they had a son, and he has just died.

She must also tell him that she named their son Esteban, like his biological father, before he changed his name to Lola. Lola the Pioneer.

Manuela goes to Barcelona in search of Lola, her son’s father.

The search for a man with that name cannot be simple. And indeed it isn’t.


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Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Produced by: Agustín Almodóvar and Michel Ruben
Written by: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz, Candela Peña …
Music by: Alberto Iglesias
Cinematography: Affonso Beato
Editing by: José Salcedo
Release date: April 16, 1999
Running time: 101 minutes
Country: Spain – France
Language: Spanish and  Catalan

Amazon’s Customers Reviews

8 Great Films, 1 Great Filmmaker– “Viva Pedro” Is A Must-Own Set For Lovers Of International Cinema
Certainly one of the most lauded of international filmmakers, Pedro Almodovar’s films can be notoriously hard to come by on the US market. Generally after an initial release, they have gone out of print and have disappeared from mainstream buying outlets. It seems strange, Almodovar is easily one of the best known and most acclaimed Spanish filmmakers in history. Having been recognized worldwide, been honored by the Oscars, and having worked with stars that have crossed into the English language film world such as Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz–you would think that his films would be more readily available. So, it is with delight that I welcome “Viva Pedro”–a collection of 8 films that show the colorful and dynamic world that is Pedro Almodovar. And while not a complete showcase of his larger work–I lament the exclusion of “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down”–there is much to rejoice. This set is great for lovers of Almodovar, and priced right for new viewers who wish to get some very significant films at a reasonable cost.

Starting with films from the late 80s, Almodovar uses colorful imagery and melodramatic acting to create some very personal films about love, desire and sex. Often done in an over-the-top, almost soap opera style, these films are instantly recognizable due to Almodovar’s distinctive visual flair. All three films from the 80s showcase a young Banderas. “Matador” is a sly black comedy featuring an ex-bullfighter who ties death and killing with sexual excitement. “Law of Desire” is a seriocomic look at sexual desire and obsession that crosses various gender lines. And “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown” was Almodovar’s international breakthrough (and Oscar nominee for Foreign Film) that manages to be a madcap and outrageous comedy and an insightful character study.

The middle films include “The Flower of my Secret”–perhaps my least favorite in the set–about a novelist who wishes to change her life at any cost. “Live Flesh” features Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in a complex story of how violence and sacrifice can link people together. Both films are interesting, if not altogether successful.

And the last three films of the set showcase a more mature side of Almodovar. The Oscar winning “All About My Mother” starts with a son’s tragic death, and takes the wonderful Cecilia Roth on a spiritual journey that redefines life and her place in it. “Talk To Her” tells the story of two men who bond while their girlfriends lie in comas–this won Almodovar an Academy Award for Screenwriting and a Directing nod, as well. And “Bad Education,” with Gael Garcia Bernal, is an homage to Hitchcock examining the results of religious upbringing and sexual abuse.

Of course, anyone who knows Almodovar knows that these brief descriptions do nothing to highlight the complexity of these films. All of the films develop interesting characterizations and the way the various characters interact, combat, and collide is a showcase for the genius that is Almodovar’s writing. Wildly funny, wickedly tragic, confrontationally sexual–Almodovar is an adult filmmaker working at the top of his game. Please treat yourself. Not every film is perfect, but this set in an excellent primer to the important work of a major writer and director. It’s not to be missed. KGHarris, 01/07.

6 out of 8 ain’t bad
Obviously anyone with more than a passing interest in Almodovar will want this set, which averages out to a pretty decent price considering what you get. Good news first: Matador and Law of Desire, the two new-to-DVD titles, look excellent (especially the latter), and are practically worth picking up the set for by themselves. (Too bad Sony couldn’t have released ‘em separately; oh well.) Bad Education, Flower of My Secret, Live Flesh and Talk to Her are identical to the previous releases. The back of the box touts new digital remastering for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and All About My Mother, but both of those are botched pretty badly. Women frankly looks terrible, especially compared to the previous MGM release; it’s severely overcropped on all four sides (good luck trying to read the credits) and way too bright, with artificial sharpness and serious desaturation on the colors. All About My Mother does look a bit cleaner and crisper than the previous release, but it’s bare bones; hold on to the older Sony release for all the extra goodies. The box is very attractive and comes with postcard replicas of the theatrical posters — a nice touch. The bonus disc features some decent featurettes with various actors talking about working with Pedro; unfortunately, only the trailer for Volver is included as an additional bonus.

Viva Pedro indeed!
This box-set has been too long in coming.
I’m most excited about this set due to the inclusion of ‘Law of Desire’, which I have never seen and have not been able to find a copy of locally.
Pedro’s films are beautiful, messy, sad, hilarious and just about any other adjective you can think of.
Those who have seen his films will no doubt add this to their collection and understand my love of anything Pedro.
Those movie lovers who have not seen some or all of his work, will most definately want to add this set to their collection and I hope that they will introduce new fans to Pedro Almodovar’s brilliant work!
peace :o)

All About My Mother, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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