All About My Mother
- Original title
Todo sobre mi madre
- Running time
- 105 min.
Antonia San Juan,
Rosa María Sardà,
Fernando Fernán Gómez,
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo
Co-production Spain-France; El Deseo / Renn Productions / France 2 Cinema
Drama | Melodrama. Stage Play. Social Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Manuela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness. That same night, while waiting in the hospital, she reads the last lines written by her son in a notebook that he always kept by his side. "This morning I looked through my mother's bedroom until I found a stack of photographs. All of them were cut in half. My father, I suppose. I have the impression that my life is missing that same half. I want to meet him, I don't care who he is, or how he treated my mother. No one can take that right away from me."
She never told Esteban who he was, "your father died long before you were born" was all she ever told him. In memory of her son, Manuela leaves Madrid and goes to Barcelona in search of his father. She wants to tell him that their son's last written words were directed to him, even though he never knew his father. But first she has to tell him that, when she abandoned him eighteen years ago, she was pregnant, they had a son, and he has just died. She must also tell him that she named their son Esteban, like his biological father, before he changed his name to Lola. Lola the Pioneer. Manuela goes to Barcelona in search of her son's father.
: Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director, Jury Prize Ecuménico
: 7 Goya Awards: including Best Movie, Director and Actress (Roth). 14 Nom.
: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Director and Foreign Language Film. 3 Nominations
: César Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
: German Film Awards: Best Foreign Film
: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Film
: European Film Awards: Best Film, Actress (Roth) & Audience Award Director
: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Film
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
: Ariel Awards: Nominated for Best Latin-America Film
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Int. Ind. Film - Foreign Language
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