June 27, 2021 – 07:52
Released in September 1999, it is one of the most famous films by the Spanish director, a choral work on solidarity between women, awarded with the Oscar for best foreign film
of Francesco Tortora
On September 17, 1999, it was released in Italian cinemas “All about my mother”, one of the most famous films by the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. The protagonist is Manuela (Cecilia Roth), mother of 17-year-old Esteban who at the beginning of the film is hit by a car while trying to get an autograph from Huma (Marisa Paredes), the first actress of the play «A tram that is called desire »on stage in Madrid. The death of her son pushes Manuela to return to Barcelona after so many years and to track down his ex-partner, a transsexual who goes by the name of Lola. In the Catalan capital, Manuela finds an old friend of hers, Agrado (Antonia San Juan), also a transsexual, who prostitutes herself for a living. He also meets Rosa (Penelope Cruz), a nun destined to go on a mission who has discovered that she is HIV-positive and pregnant. The father of the child in this case too is Lola. “All about my mother” is a choral work, full of cinephile quotes (the main references are to the films “A tram called desire”, “The evening of the premiere” and “Eve against Eve”) and full of irony. We are not yet in the all-female universe of “Volver” (Almodóvar’s 2006 film), but we are close to it, given that solidarity between women is able to alleviate the pain of tragedies of life while men are little more than extras. The film gets rave reviews and the following year wins theOscar for best foreign film. Success also comes at the box office. Costing 600 million pesetas (about 4 million dollars), it collects 67 million dollars. Here are eight things you may not know about film that is back on TV tonight on Sky Cinema 2 at 11.30pm.
June 27, 2021 | 07:52
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