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All About My Mother [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • 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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Region 1 DVD All About My Mother

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This is one of the finest films I have seen in years. It combines genuine pathos with moments of tender humour. It is a very moving portrait of the sacrifice women are compelled to make for those they love. Superbly acted throughout, anyone not moved by this film for the entirety of its duration has a heart of stone (and that is from a cynic easily annoyed by mawkish tosh).
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I have seen this film so many times that I can talk alongside them and I can't even speak Spanish! This is a moving film that appeals to even the hardest of critics and the hardest of souls. The whole Street Car Named Desire theme is perfect for the film and blends in beautifully...I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see a brilliantly directed film with great actors and beautiful scenery.
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By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2000
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I first saw All About My Mother late last summer, before the publicity, before the awards... but after my aunt, who disliked it, said it was boring, wouldn't recommend it, and wouldn't see it again. O dear! Before continuing with the review, I should point out that I'm not a huge Almodovar fan. I've liked some of his earlier films - "High Heels", "Women on the Verge..." - but hated (passionately) others - "Pepi Luci...". So it was with an open - but closing - mind that I entered the cinema.
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.
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All About My Mother is in some ways less extreme than some of Almodovar's other films, focussing largely on solidarity between women and a mother grieving for a lost son. But the closer alignment to conventional subject-matter only highlights how radical it is in other ways, particularly the presentation of two transgender characters, tying in with the themes of prostitution and Aids. The focus is on Manuela, who works in a Madrid hospital as a consultant but actually had a very colourful past in Barcelona before her son was born 17 years before, where her best friend and boyfriend were these characters mentioned above. One is all kindness and generosity - Agrado - and the other a kind of demonic figure who sows chaos in his wake, gets two women pregnant while taking no responsibility for anyone, and has robbed Agrado into the bargain. On the death of her son in a tragic accident, Manuela returns to Barcelona to tell the father who never knew about this son, Esteban. She finds work with the very actress Esteban was chasing after, trying to get her autograph, when he was hit by a car. This involves her in this woman's complicated life, as she has a lesbian lover and co-star who is a heroin addict. Two brilliant performances by Cecilia Roth and Marisa Paredes lift the film, while Antonia San Juan is memorable as Agrado and provides comic relief, but with serious notes as well. Penelope Cruz appears as a pregnant nun who has Aids, also moving and making the character fully believable. It is striking how many of these aspects could easily have been in one of Almodovar's early features, but here there is so much more depth, and the theme of female solidarity is shown in a way that surprises for its profound empathy, as does everything else from this director.Read more ›
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To many, Pedro Almodovar is synonymous with a camp, trash worldview and is consequnetly posited alongside 'Eurotrash' and the films of Russ Meyer. Although 'All about My Mother' retains some of the outlandish traits of his earlier movies (significant characters include two transsexuals and a HIV positive pregnant nun, and his extravagant set and costume design remains undiminished), it marks a successful development of the more mature approach running through his recent movies, 'Flower of my Secret' and 'Live Flesh'.
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.
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