This is the story of a mother (Roth) who
undertakes a pilgrimage to Barcelona, revisting the places
of her past. She is soon the center of a circle of women
including a wayward nun (Cruz), an old transvestite friend
(San Juan), and a famous actress (Paredes).
Donít you just hate those reviews that, like movie trailers,
give away the entire plot, subplot and central theme of
a film? I do! Iíll try to avoid that.
This Spanish film won the Oscar for the Best Foreign
Film in 2000. Granted, I havenít seen the films it was
up against, but I have seen a few of the English Best Picture
nominees and All About My Mother is certainly up
to their calibre.
movie submerges us into lives that we often just glance
over - those of transsexuals, transvestites and their families.
It raises questions that middle-class America rarely ponders
and does it all without melodrama. I was transported, entertained
and enlightened by this film.
a movie that will stay with you long after you leave the
theatre and even provide a little dinner conversation, see
All About My Mother.
Reviewed by P.J.