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Todo sobre mi madre

Pedro Almodóvar Spain, 1999

Richmond Hill's rating of the film All About My Mother

Almodovar has a rare ability to draw the most unlikely of strands together into a convincing whole. Like tectonic plates that should grate alarmingly, his synthesises of improbabilities, vulgarities and allusions work - not because of garish melodramatics (although they're frequently a treat) but that they're shot through - as here - with a very humane feeling for affinity and love. An earthy triumph.