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All About My Mother
Acclaimed by critics as the best film in years, All About My Mother is from Spain's greatest living director, Pedro Almodovar. Its another of his distinguished and thought-provoking film winning him the Oscar for Best Foreign film as well as seven Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Argentinean actress Cecilia Roth.With a mix of both the queer and his odd mix of the outrageous and the fabulous,Almodovar's characters are real people with genuine problems and difficult social lives. It is emotionally at a high pitch, expertly directed and at times naughty.
All About My Mother deals with motherhood, love, desire, sexuality, religion and bereavement. As such, the play contains strong language and dialogue of a sexual nature. The play also deals with transgender issues and homosexuality. The subject matter is dealt with in a forthright, honest way examining the diversity of religious, ethnic and sexual identities and the need for mutual respect and understanding.Featuring one of the most original plotlines to ever grace the screen, it's an absorbing story of one woman's quest to put the pieces of her life back together after losing all that she was.
The story follows Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a single mother whose son is killed in a car accident on his 17th birthday. Overcome with grief, she leaves Madrid for Barcelona, looking for her son's long-lost father. The father, wouldn't you know, is now transgendered, and goes by the name of Lola. While searching for Lola, Manuela meets up with an old friend, Agrado (Antonia San Juan) at the place where transvestite prostitutes ply their trade and is taken on as personal assistant to the famous stage actress, Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), who was admired by Manuela's son before he died. She lives with Nina (Candela Pena), a tempestuous drug addict, who plays Stella in a touring production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She becomes involved with Sister Rosa (Penelope Cruz), a young volunteer who dreams of working with the poor in El Salvador but is pregnant by Lola and now HIV positive. Their journeys are individual but also ingeniously connected, with Manuela serving as both the compass and the foundation for their intertwining lives.
Almodovar ends the film with this dedication: To all actresses who have played actresses. To all women who act. To men who act and become women. To all the people who want to be mothers. To my motherAlthough dealing with tragic situations, Almodovar blends in the humour with the ease and efficiency of a master craftsman.
Samuel Adamson's superb recreation of Pedro Almodovar's film All About My Mother, in his theatrical adaptation improves upon the famous original. Refreshingly original, with a terrific score by the music director, Alberto Iglesias supplemented with new stage music by Ben and Max Ringham, and a great performance by Cecilia Roth. The play premiered at The Old Vic in London's West End in August 2007. The production runs from 25 August to 24 November 2007 and stars Diana Rigg, Lesley Manville, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Froggatt, Colin Morgan and Charlotte Randle.