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9,719 Ratings

All About My Mother

Todo sobre mi madre

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, France, 1999
Drama, Cult


Following the tragic death of her teenage son, Manuela travels from Madrid to Barcelona in an attempt to contact the long-estranged father the boy never knew. She reunites with an old friend, an outspoken transgender sex worker, and befriends a troubled actress and a pregnant, HIV-positive nun.

Our take

One of Almodóvar’s most acclaimed and beloved films—winner of the Best Director Award in Cannes and an Oscar!—is this immaculate maximalist melodrama. Full of intense and deep emotion, this love letter to actresses is brought to life by a fierce cast of Almodóvar’s regulars, including Penélope Cruz.

All About My Mother Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1999 | 2 wins including: Best Director

Academy Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

2000 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

The mix of comedy and melodrama feels natural and confident (not provocative or intentionally jarring, as it was in the director’s early films), and it offers numerous life lessons that make you feel good. Like the melodramas of Sirk, Cukor, and Minnelli, it’s also an actors’ showcase, featuring at least a dozen roles that allow the actors inhabiting them to shine.
October 14, 2016
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Too often Almodóvar is linked to kitschy flamboyance, lively melodrama and sexual antics, always garnished with some colorful Spanish cliches and a dash of gender politics. Even though his 1999 drama might not be an exception, the intricacy of his female characters allows for some more nuanced complexity and heartwarming humanism… Just as Almodovar intertwines his characters’ plights and struggles, he layers some Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and All About Eve into the wild mix.
October 05, 2016
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