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All About My Mother

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Original title
Todo sobre mi madre
Running time
105 min.
Spain Spain
Pedro Almodóvar
Alberto Iglesias
Affonso Beato
Co-production Spain-France;
El Deseo, Renn Productions, France 2 Cinema
Drama | Melodrama. Stage Play. Social Drama. Maternity
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.
Rankings Position
1999: Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director, Jury Prize Ecuménico
1999: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Director and Foreign Language Film. 3 Nominations
1999: César Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: European Film Awards: Best Film, Actress (Roth) & Audience Award Director
1999: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Film
1999: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film
1999: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1999: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1999: 7 Goya Awards: including Best Movie, Director and Actress (Roth). 14 Nom.
1999: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Int. Ind. Film - Foreign Language
1999: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
1999: German Film Awards: Best Foreign Film
1999: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Film
1999: Ariel Awards: Nominated for Best Latin-America Film
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1999: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1999: Forqué Awards: Nominated for Best Film
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