Female friendship -- Spain -- Barcelona -- Drama, Mothers and sons -- Spain -- Barcelona -- Drama, Women -- Spain -- Barcelona -- Drama

All About My Mother

(Todo sobre mi madre)


Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Penélope Cruz,

Winner of the 1999 Cannes Best Director prize, this affectionate drama of a mother’s compassion serves as Almodóvar’s tribute to his two greatest inspirations: women and film. The tragic death of her son impels Manuela (Cecilia Roth) to find her long-missing husband, a trek that leads her across Madrid and Barcelona, and into the path of several women and men (and men who would be women) who need aid. References to such classic heroine-driven films as All About Eve, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Opening Night abound, but what shines above the cinephilia is Almodóvar’s love and respect for women’s resilience, strength, and splendor.

Jason Sanders
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Affonso Beato
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 101 mins
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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All about my mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2004

All about my mother (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 2001

Man from La Mancha (article), Pulse!, Nancy Kapitanoff, 1999

Female trouble (program note), New York Film Festival, Annette Insdorf, 1999

All about my mother (review), Variety, Jonathan Holland, 1999

All about my mother (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1999

Man from La Mancha (article), Pulse!, Nancy Kapitanoff, 1999

All about my mother (program note), New York Film Festival, 1999

Todo sobre mi madre (program note), Cannes Film Festival, 1999

All about my mother (review), Yearbook 1999-2000, Kristoffer Leandoer, 1999

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