All About My Mother
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All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) is the latest film from the Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, best known over here for Tie Me Up!, Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownI'd like to warn my readers that to review this film I have to talk about the whole plot, so if you don't want to know, stop reading now. There is one big surprise but it happens only 10 minutes into the movie. This is the story of a mother (Cecilia Roth) living in Madrid, whose teenage son is killed in a traffic accident. This is the surprise only 10 minutes into the movie. I was very surprised because it seemed the film was going to be about the mother and her relationship with her son who was writing about her in his notebook all the time. After the son meets his demise, I thought it was going to be about the notebook and the things the son wrote All About My Mother.  But no, that wasn't it either.  Although the mother carries the notebook around obsessively wherever she goes, only about two lines from it are ever revealed to us. Instead, the grief stricken mother travels to Barcelona from whence she came, when pregnant 18 years before, to find the boy's father.  Here, she meets up with her best friend from the old days, La Agrado (Antonia San Juan). ``She" is a prostitute and a transvestite if that is the right word. She has equipment above and below the  belt.  Anyway, this isn't a Crying Game situation.  The boy's father, Lola,  who also swings from both sides of the plate, is missing so the mother becomes involved in the lives of La Agrado's friends. Well, I won't give away any more.  There's a lot more plot developments. As you can see, I was dazed and confused by the twists and turns of this film. This is a good thing!  The performances are excellent especially by Cecilia Roth who entranced me throughout the film.  If you aren't derailed by the strange twists of the plot and even stranger characters, then you will enjoy this film.  There's a lot of dialogue and this film has subtitles so you have to make sure you keep up with your reading!