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All About my Mother

All About my Mother

A Feature film by Pedro Almodovar

Produced by El Deseo, Renn Productions

Release in France : 19/05/1999

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Actors (8)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

El Deseo, Renn Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

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A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his 17th birthday as he runs to seek an actress's autograph. She goes to Barcelona to find the lad's father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he has a child. First she finds her friend, Agrado, a wild yet caring transvestite; through him she meets Rosa, a young nun bound for El Salvador, but instead finds out she is pregnant by Lola. Manuela becomes the personal assistant of Huma Rojo, the actress her son admired, by helping Huma manage Nina, the co-star and Huma's lover. However, Agrado soon takes over when Manuela must care for Hermana Rosa's risky pregnancy. With echos of Lorca, "All About Eve," and "Streetcar Named Desire," the mothers (and fathers and actors) live out grief, love, and friendship.

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"At first, I was thinking of doing a film on the acting ability of certain non-actors. When I was a kid, I remember observing that skill in the women in my family. They pretended a lot more often and better than men. Their falsehoods succeeded in preventing more than one tragedy. Forty years ago, La Mancha was an arid, macho region where men ruled from their imitation leather armchairs while woman quietly solved all the real problems thanks to crafty lying (is that why Garcia Lorca said Spain had always been a land of born actresses?). In reaction to this macho attitude that I remember so vividly from my childhood (maybe even exaggerating it), women would pretend, lie and dissemble, thus allowing life to take its course, to their husbands' total ignorance. It was a revelation to me, and the sight of women gossiping on the patio marked me forever. I didn't know it, but the ability of women to lie would become one of the themes in my thirteenth film, along with troubled motherhood and spontaneous solidarity among women."

"Tennesse Williams had Blanche Dubois say that she always had faith in the kindness of strangers. That kind of kindness comes out in 'All About My Mother.'"

(Pedro Almodovar, Director)



All About my Mother


Photos (3)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producers :

Claude Berri, Augustin Almodovar

Screenwriter :

Pedro Almodovar

Director of Photography :

Affonso Beato

Production manager :

Esther Garcia

Editor :

José Salcedo

Music Composer :

Alberto Iglesias

Line Producer :

Augustin Almodovar

Co-producer :

Michel Ruben

Sound Recordist :

Miguel Rejas

Press Attaché (film) :

Jérome Jouneaux

Production Designer :

Antxon Gomez

Costume designers :

José Maria Cossio (de), Sabina Daigeler

Technical details

Feature film

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Sexuality, Family

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Coproducer countries :

Spain, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Spain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (7)

Shanghai - International Film Festival - 2007

Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 2007)


Official Competition

Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


Women's Stories

Academy Awards - 2000

Academy Awards (United States, 2000)


Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Lumiere Awards - 2000

Lumiere Awards (France, 2000)


French Films

European Film Awards - 1999

European Film Awards (Germany, 1999)


Best European Film

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films

Awards (4)

Academy Awards - 2000

Academy Awards (United States, 2000)


Best Foreign Film

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Awards (2)

Cesar for best foreign film

Cesar for best foreign film

European Film Awards - 1999

European Film Awards (Germany, 1999)

Awards (2)

Best European Film

Audience Prize for Best European Director : Pedro Almodovar

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Best Direction Award