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Aro Recommended All About My Mother


Spain 1999, 97 minutes
Dir. Pedro Almodovar
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Girl-centric


Aroview: Almodovar's "celebration of mother and womanhood" has been hailed as something of a departure for the director, though in fact all of his (beloved) trademarks are in full bloom despite more serious subject matter.

Devastated after the accidental death of her teenage son, a 38-year-old woman (Cecilia Roth) finds strength and healing in the cradle of other troubled souls of the fairer sex - a trans-sexual hooker, an aging stage diva and a disavowed nun. Again coutured to perfection, the Spanish auteur proudly borrows from Hollywood classic melodramas like ALL ABOUT EVE and especially A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, which is thematically and theatrically seamed into the complex narrative.

NZ International Film Festival 1999

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