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All About my Mother

All About my Mother

A Feature film by Pedro Almodóvar

Release in France : 19/05/1999


    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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    All About my Mother


    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

    Foreign production company :

    El Deseo

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

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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)

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    Full credits (11)

    Screenwriter :

    Pedro Almodóvar

    Co-producers :

    Michel Ruben, Claude Berri

    Sound Recordist :

    Miguel Rejas

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jérôme Jouneaux

    Production Designer :

    Antxon Gomez

    Costume designers :

    José Maria de Cossio, Sabina Daigeler

    Foreign Producer :

    Agustín Almodóvar

    Director of Photography :

    Affonso Beato

    Production manager :

    Esther Garcia

    Editor :

    José Salcedo

    Music Composer :

    Alberto Iglesias

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    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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    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 (EFA) - 1999

    European Film Awards (EFA) (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)

    César Award for Best Foreign Feature

    César Award for Best Foreign Feature

    European Film Awards (EFA) - 1999

    European Film Awards (EFA) (Germany, 1999)

    Awards (2)

    Best European Film

    Audience Prize for Best European Director : Pedro Almodóvar

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


    Best Direction Award