One of Almodovar's best. Amusing, heartfelt celebration of all kinds of motherhood
Wonderfully paced and directed, good writing and powerful performances.
over 5 years
Thought it was a top film (with that Almodovar quirk).
almost 6 years
Could have taken its time a bit more, but well acted and directed.
All About My Mother (Spanish: Todo sobre mi madre) is a 1999 Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, transvestitism, faith, and existentialism.
The plot originates in Almodóvar's earlier film The Flower of My Secret which shows student doctors being trained in how to persuade grieving relatives to allow organs to be used for transplant, focusing on the mother of a teenager killed in a road accident.
The film centers on Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a nurse who oversees donor organ transplants in Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid and single mother to Esteban (Eloy Azorin), a teenager who wants to be a writer.
On his seventeenth birthday, Esteban is hit by a car and killed while chasing after actress Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes) for her autograph following a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which she portrays Blanche DuBois. Manuela has to agree with her colleagues at work that her son's heart be transplanted to a...