Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1999 • Spain
Starring Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes
Winner of the 2000 Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Pedro Almodóvar's ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER stars Cecilia Roth as Manuela, who sees her only son die on his seventeenth birthday as he runs to get the autograph of an actress. Realizing as she reads her son’s journal that his most fervent wish was to meet his father, whom he never knew, Manuela leaves Madrid for Barcelona to find him. She wants to tell him that their son’s last written words were directed to him. But first she has to tell him that when she left him eighteen years ago, she was pregnant, they had a son, and he has just died. She must also tell him she named their son Esteban, like his biological father, before that father changed his name to Lola; “Lola the Pioneer.” The search for a man with that name cannot be simple. And indeed it isn’t.