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All About My Mother/Live Flesh/Talk To Her [DVD]


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  • Actors: Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Jose Sancho, Ángela Molina, Liberto Rabal
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 302 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CAPYV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Pedro Almodovar triple bill. In 'All About My Mother' single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) takes her seventeen-year-old son, Esteban, to see a stage performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' as a birthday treat. Tragically, Esteban is killed when he chases after a taxi carrying his favourite actress, Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes). Consumed with guilt, Manuela decides to go in search of Esteban's father, whose identity she never revealed to her son. She finds out that he has had a sex change and is now called Lola the Pioneer, and along the way meets various characters, including transvestite La Agrado (Antonia San Juan) and AIDS-infected nun Sister Rosa (Penelope Cruz), who help her with a painful journey of self-discovery. 'Live Flesh' is Almodovar's adaptation of the novel by Ruth Rendell. Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet drug-addicted diplomat's daughter Elena (Francesca Neri) after losing his virginity to her. She barely remembers anything about the past, however, and attempts to shoot him. Two cops, David and Sancho, arrive at the scene, and David is shot, leaving him paralysed. Victor finds himself imprisoned for the shooting, although he is innocent. In jail, he learns that David, now a paralympics champion, has married Elena, and vows revenge upon his release. Whilst 'Talk to Her' is Almodovar's tale of dance, bullfighters, love and comas. Benigno is a housebound nurse who falls in love with a young dancer, Alicia, he sees rehearsing through his window. Marco is a journalist who falls in love with a bullfighter, Lydia, after being assigned to interview her. When Alicia and Lydia are involved in separate accidents which send them both into a comas, Benigno and Marco meet at the hospital and unpredictable consequences promptly ensue.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec 2003
The movies themselves are wonderful examples of cinemamaking. They can be viewed again (they should, actually) and yield new insights when approached for the second or third viewing.
The DVD presentation is basic, but satisfactory. No extras (only trailers for the other films in this package) but sound is fine (DD 5.1) with splendid video (all movies widescreen).
As far as I could discern the movies were not cut in any way.
Almodovar is probably the most important Spanish film director working today and this package provides an inexpensive way of getting to know his work.
Highly recommended. I was riveted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Penguin Egg on 15 July 2004
Three modern classics in one package. How can you refuse? I wont say anything about the actual films themselves as I have already reviewed them separately - and given them each five stars. However, it is interesting to watch these films together to see the themes that bind them: the complex plotting revealing the strains that bring together and pull apart relationships; the emotional lives of the characters being laid bare; the multi-layered characterisation; the relentless drive to resolve the emotional dilemmas while avoiding sentimentality; the drama that stops just short of melodrama; references to Argentina; references to other films; and the performances within performances -"A Streetcar Named Desire" in "All About My Mother"; the dance troupe in " Talk To Her"; and the paraplegic net ball game in "Live Flesh." Almodovar is the greatest film maker alive. His films have depth, purpose, and unity. If you are not familiar with his work, then this is a good place to start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By y-fly on 13 Jan 2004
Almodovar's films have always been good, and they just keep on getting better. They have always featured extraordinary, larger-than life characters and improbable, melodramatic situations. But just as he's grown up, his films have matured too. They have become more structured, more considered, a bit quieter. They are beautiful as well as entertaining; clever as well as emotional. You can enjoy watching them over and over.
These are his three best movies, and they are on offer for less than the price of many single DVD. Unbeatable quality. Unbeatable value.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max_24 on 2 Feb 2004
Pedro Almodovar is a genious! If you havent heard of him these 3 dvds are great opportunity to learn that there is more to the movies than cliche, predicted endings! His deep psychological movies will certainly make you think about simple feelings in life that are more important than some unrealistic world that holywood has created!
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