Foreign Flicks: All About My Mother

All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999)

With Cecilia Roth and Penelope Cruz.

It looks like I’ve found myself a new favorite director.  This isn’t my favorite Almodovar movie, but it is still a fascinating work and an essential part of his oeuvre.  The 2000 “Best Foreign Language Film” Oscar-winner follows a mother who watches her son die on his 17th birthday.  She returns back to the city of her youth to find the boy’s estranged father, and falls back into its world of prostitutes, transvestites and Penelope Cruz as a pregnant nun.  While it feels like a Mexican soap opera in spots, it is always entertaining and surprisingly turns into a feel-good movie.

Rating: 8/10

RIYL: Volver, Precious, Trainspotting.


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