Saturday, October 8, 2005

All About My Mother
Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Antonia San Juan, Penelope Cruz

Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2

Spanish Film Festival

Excellent film by Pedro Almodovar. You have a strange mix of characters - all of them strong willed women. Manuela, a nurse whose son dies in a vehicular accident. Esteban, her son by a transvestite named Lola was a huge fan of Huma Roja. She is a famous stage actress essaying the role of Blanche Dubois in the play "A streetcar named Desire". You have Nina, her co actress in the said play. Rosa, a nun/social worker who is pregnant with Lola's baby. My favorite character, Agrado, a transvestite friend of Manuela. It is a poignant film about these women, their lives, their hopes and dreams. Great cast led by Cecilia Roth whose facial expressions are very descriptive of her emotions. Penelope Cruz in a Spanish film is more believable than in her Hollywood movies. No wonder this movie won the Best Foreign Language award at the 2000 Oscar awards and the Golden Globe.
It is flawlessly good!

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