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All About My Mother [DVD] [2000] [Region 1]

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  • Cecilia Roth stars in this celebrated film from Spanish director Pedro Almodvar. Distraught over the death of her teenage son, Manuela drives to Barcelona to find the boy's father, an itinerant transsexual named Lola (Toni Canto). While combing the city's less reputable districts, she also meets up with Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a sassy transvestite prostitute, and Rosa (Penlope Cruz), a pregnant nun on her way to El Salvador. She also becomes the manager for Huma (Marisa Paredes), the actress her son idolized, and helps her through a run of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Together these great ladies bond through various heartrending crises, enduring the pain and celebrating the beauty of being women (or almost women). Considered to be one of Almodvar's most fully realized works, this charming and unique film blends his earlier gender-bending irreverence with the mature grace and compassion of his later work, striking a perfect note of humor and pathos.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1999
    Cannes Best Director 1999 Pedro Almodvar Spanish Director/Screenwriter

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  • Credits
    Celia Roth, Cecilia Roth, Marisa Parades, Penlope Cruz, Penelope Cruz, Candela Pea, Candela Pena, Toni Cant, Eloy Azorin, Antonia San Juan, Rosa Mara Sard, Rosa Maria Sarda
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Emotionally satisfying and brilliantly played....[The film's] witty script focuses on the characters' stoic resilience and good humor..."
    Variety

    "...The best foreign movie of the year....A unique and unforgettable tribute to female solidarity..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[The film] dramatises a general condition with formal elegance, nuanced observations and emotional resonance..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Almodvar's masterwork, a synthesis of the director's fabulous fetishes..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion..."
    New York Times

    "...Almodovar creates an impressively rich, evocative film replete with uniformly fine performances..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Box Office

    "...Mothers definitely get their due here....There is certainly an array of outrageous characters..."
    USA Today

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