The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

All About My Mother

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Manuela (Cecilia Roth) is the perfect mother, working hard as a nurse to build a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. On one cosmic and tragic day, Manuela sees her only son die as he runs to seek an actress’ autograph on his birthday, shattering her world from the inside out. In All About My Mother, Manuela returns to Barcelona in search of her son’s father, whom she abandoned upon learning of her pregnancy at 18. She overcomes her grief, becoming caregiver to a colorful family: a pregnant nun (Penélope Cruz), a transvestite prostitute (Antonia San Juan), and two troubled actresses (Marisa Paredes and Candela Peña).

“Part of every woman is a mother/actress/saint/sinner. And part of every man is a woman.”

Master of melodrama and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar brings this film to life through riveting performances, unforgettable characters, and creative plot twists. This touching drama with a sense of humor brought Almodóvar the accolades of Best Director at Cannes and Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, among many other awards. All About My Mother is an existential film that deals with subjects of gender roles, feminism, faith, survival, and redemption.


“It weaves life and art into a rich tapestry of love, loss and compassion.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Pedro Almodóvar’s winking, melodramatic love note to actresses, Tennessee Williams, and Barcelona is one of those movies that balances the sad and joyful in just the right proportion” — Kate Knibbs, The Ringer

“This is humanism in drag: Almodóvar’s passionate redefinition of family values.” — David Ansen, Newsweek

All About My Mother