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All About My Mother Details


Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on him. One night, Manuela and Esteban take in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire; after the show, Esteban is struck and killed by a passing motorist as he dashes into the street to get an autograph from Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), who played Blanche. Emotionally devastated, Manuela relocates to Barcelona in hopes of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban's father), who is now working as a female impersonator. Manuela becomes reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a transsexual, and is introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more cynical mother (Rosa María Sardà). While looking for work, Manuela becomes acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma, on the other hand, has troubles of her own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela Peña). Displaying Almodóvar's trademark visual style and a unusually strong sense of character-driven drama, Todo Sobre Mi Madre/All About My Mother received a highly anticipated theatrical run in Spain before winning the Best Director award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival; in 2000, Almodóvar would receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 24, 1999


Awarded by
European Film Academy Cecilia Roth Best Actress 1999 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Cecilia Roth Best Actress - Runner-up 1999 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pedro Almodóvar Best Director 1999 Winner
European Film Academy Pedro Almodóvar Best European Director- People's Choice Award 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pedro Almodóvar Best Foreign Language Film 1999 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Pedro Almodóvar Best Director 1999 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pedro Almodóvar Best Original Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Pedro Almodóvar Best Foreign Film 1999 Nominee


Cecilia Roth
as Manuela
Marisa Paredes
as Huma Rojo
Penélope Cruz
as Sister Rosa
Candela Peña
as Nina
Antonia San Juan
as La Agrado
Eloy Azorín
as Esteban
Rosa María Sardà
as Rosa's Mother
Toni Canto
as Lola
Fernando Guillén
as Doctor in "Streetcar Named Desire"
Fernando Fernán Gómez
as Rosa's Father
Cayetana Guillen Cuervo
as Manuela's boss


Pedro Almodóvar
Agustín Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Affonso Beato
Alberto Iglesias
Composer (Music Score)
José Salcedo
Antxon Gomez
Art Director
Agustín Almodóvar
Executive Producer
Miguel Rejas
Sound/Sound Designer