All About My Mother (1999)

R   |    |  Drama

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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.




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2 April 2003 | willitts
Todo sobre mi madre, all about you and me
What I like most about Almodovar's films, this one in particular, is the way he will grab you and pull you into a world you would not normally know and then, confront you with people's lives, emotions, relationships. Manuela, the mother who at the beginning seems so in control and clinical, earnest in her love and with the best intentions for her son, is shown to be much like you and me... full of doubts, questions, a need for answers and trying to understand how her life course has brought her to the present day and made her who she is. Barcelona in winter is richly filmed and serves as a backdrop for the renewing of old satisfying friendships and the budding of new ones, happening simultaneously and somewhat unexpectedly. It rings so true. The slow realisation that we are never really complete, that it's the people we love and live with, or avoid and later regret having done so, that makes us who we are. Almodovar sees the human condition and paints it carefully in this film.

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Release Date:

31 March 2000


Spanish, Catalan

Country of Origin

Spain, France

Filming Locations

Teatre Tívoli, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,362 7 November 1999

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