- Format: CLV
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 0767847105
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The credits rolled, and I was instantly entranced. While the jury is out on whether this is his best film, it is easily Almodovar's most accessible, and for all of its incredulities (a nun who is both HIV+ and pregnant by a transvestite, for example) it's instantly believeable. The actors shine, though it would be hard not to, for Almodovar has delivered a well-written script with colourful, interesting, and rounded characters. And it is perhaps this which makes the film such a pleasure to watch. So often, and especially with American written/directed films, the characters are one dimensional - we don't care what happens to them, we aren't drawn into their world. With this film, and it has to be said with many of Almodovar's films, we aren't so much drawn into their world, as immersed in it.
Like in the (not so very) old days of cinema, we allow our imagination to work, to make leaps where things seem implausible, or where something seems to be too much of a coincidence. While there are no moments when we are on the edge of our seats, there are times when we shift uncomfortably, willing the scene to turn out the way we want it, but knowing that it won't.
Criticism (for there has to be some) of the film is superficial.Read more ›
The film contains many parallels with 'All about Eve' which Esteban (Eloy Azorin) and his mother, Manuela (Cecelia Roth), are watching in the opening scene. As a birthday present, Esteban is taken to a production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Echoing Bette Davis' character's contempt for her fans, the play's star, Huma (Marisa Parades), leaves the theatre without offering an autograph to Esteban who had been waiting patiently. Chasing after the taxi, he is fatally knocked over.
Earlier Esteban had intimated to Manuela that the best present he could receive would be hearing all about his father. In response to this final wish, she attempts to find Esteban Snr., discovering that he had a sex change and became Lola the Pioneer. Manuela gets a job as an assistant to Huma who is still haunted by Esteban's face. Huma is in love with her co-star, Nina (Candela Pena), a junkie. Another 'All about Eve' reference occurs when Nina's addiction prevents her from performing. Manuela (as with Anne Baxter's character) deputises. However, contrary to the Hollywood version of events, this does not result in stardom as, due to Nina's jealousy, Manuela resigns from her job.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Possibly Almodóvar's greatest film to date. Hollywood take note: a _credible_ ciswoman lead, on a _credible_ quest to find the transgender 'father' of her dead son in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by dalroth5
All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre, 1999) is Pedro Almodóvar’s most successful film. Indeed it is Spain’s most successful film ever full stop, end of story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Film Buff
Such an appalling film - one of Almodovar's most boring, stupid and hideous films (not that many of them are particularly exciting). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
With this 1999 film Pedro Almodovar continued to demonstrate an increasing maturity in his film-making – retaining much of the flamboyant melodrama and progressive themes from his... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keith M
Explicitly derived from All About Eve and Streetcar Named Desire that cannot rise about its derivations. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert BUCKNOR
Describing the plot or even the basic storyline of this fabulous film is almost beyond my powers of paraphrasing, but it involves Manuela, a mother whose son is involved in a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by KaleHawkwood
This must surely be Almodovar's masterpiece.
It is very rare for a film director to excel both visually as well as in the narrative. Read more