All About My Mother (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Todo Sobre Mi Madre

Spain/France, 1999.  El Deseo, Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Pedro Almodovar offers us his best work yet with this touching and emotionally lyrical film about a nurse ( in a world class performance) who leaves Madrid for Barcelona following a personal tragedy, looking to find the man with whom she has a story with loose ends.  Instead of finding him, however, she befriends a down-on-her-luck transsexual (), an HIV-positive nun (Penelope Cruz) and a tragically unhappy actress () with a drug-addicted girlfriend (). Almodovar once again gives dignity and grace to characters who would be seen as nothing more than sideshow freaks for someone else, creating real emotional life that overcomes the sometimes unimaginative plot. It has humour, charm and oh so much sexy elegance.

The Criterion Collection:  #1012

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Pedro Almodovar)

European Film Awards:  Best European Film; Best European Actress (Cecilia Roth)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

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