All About My Mother
DIRECTOR: PEDRO ALMODóVAR
CAST: CECILIA ROTH, TONI CANTó, PENéLOPE CRUZ
The stars of international fame, critical esteem, and perfect, justifiable artistic self-confidence all aligned for vanguard queer filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s melodrama made under the influences of Cassavetes and Tennessee Williams. Manuela (Cecilia Roth) travels to Barcelona after the death of her teenaged son to give the news to his father, a transvestite named Lola (Toni Cantó). At once funny and shattering, Manuela’s journey is a paean to femininity in every form. An Oscar winner and massive across-the-board hit that brought Almodóvar mainstream acceptance.