All About My Mother
aka Todo sobre mi madre
First screened in January 2000 / Most recently screened in January 2018
Director: Pedro Almodóvar. Cast: Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Antonia San Juan, Candela Peña, Rosa María Sardà, Eloy Azorín, Toni Cantó, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Carlos Lozano. Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar.

Twitter Capsule: For so long, I found its themes and tactics too overt. As years pass, I see its layers and value its clarity.

VOR:   Remarkable ability to pay tribute to female relations without essentializing identity or sentimentalizing community. Smooth, but copious with nuance.

Photo © 1999 El Deseo S.A./France 2 Cinéma/Sony Pictures Classics

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in January 2000: B)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Director; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress (Roth)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Director; Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Foreign Language Film

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