A Film and Its Era: All About My Mother - France



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Pedro Almodóvar’s Story From Madrid to Worldwide Fame

A Film and Its Era: All About My Mother, by Pedro Almodóvar (Il était une fois… Tout sur ma mère, 2012)

Director: Antoine de Gaudemar
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar, Cécilia Roth
Genre: Documentary


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Pedro Almodóvar directed All About My Mother in 1999. The film offers a gallery of women’s portraits - nurses, actresses, transvestite prostitutes, nuns - facing life and its tragedies by themselves. However, there is no major male part in this film, in which the world seems to belong to the women, who grieve for missing men, or have bluntly decided to change their gender. All About My Mother takes place in the new Spain of the 90s: the sexual liberation and cultural explosion have transformed within two decades the oldest European dictatorship into an ultramodern country in which, after the movida years in Madrid, Barcelona has become the trendiest city in Europe. But it also has its dark side: the fashionable metropolis is the capital of drugs, prostitution, and AIDS. The film explores transgender theories and offers a new design of the family, no longer based on genetic links, but on elective empathies.

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