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All About My Mother Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who won 1999's Best Foreign Film Oscar and Cannes' Best Director award for this film, All About My MotherAll About My MotherComedy, Drama, Foreign LanguagePT102MR Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who won 1999's Best Foreign Film Oscar and Cannes' Best Director award for this film, All About My Mother2000-07-21
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All About My Mother

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth; Director: Pedro Almodovar; Author: Pedro Almodovar; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: R

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who won 1999’s Best Foreign Film Oscar and Cannes’ Best Director award for this film, All About My Mother, has a way with women — even when they’re men. And in this touching — but never too far from campy — melodrama, natural-born ladies are almost outnumbered by the artificial kind: There’s grieving mother Manuela (Roth), in search of her son’s father (a transvestite lady-killer called Lola); a transsexual prostitute-turned-personal assistant; a pregnant, HIV-positive nun (Cruz); and an aging actress (the excellent Marisa Paredes). The odd sisterhood that develops between these gals recollects the Almodovar of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (especially a hilariously tipsy dish session shot against the director’s signature ’70s bachelor-pad decor), but with newly mature underpinnings. Womanhood may mean tarting up in faux Chanel to improve one’s mood, but it also can mean the indescribable loss a mother feels for her departed child. A