LEC Movie night: All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)

  • September 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

All About My Mother is a 1999 Spanish-French comedy-drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, homosexuality, transvestitism, faith, and existentialism.

The plot originates in Almodóvar's earlier film The Flower of My Secret which shows student doctors being trained in how to persuade grieving relatives to allow organs to be used for transplant, focusing on the mother of a teenager killed in a road accident.

The film centers on Manuela, a nurse who oversees donor organ transplants in Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid and single mother to Esteban, a teenager who wants to be a writer.

On his seventeenth birthday, Esteban is hit by a car and killed while chasing after actress Huma Rojo for her autograph following a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire, in which she portrays Blanche DuBois. Manuela has to agree with her colleagues at work that her son's heart be transplanted to a man in A Coruña. After traveling after her son's heart, Manuela quits her job and journeys to Barcelona, where she hopes to find her son's father, Lola, a transvestite she kept secret from her son, just as she never told Lola they had a son.

Awards:

Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000.  Another 48 wins (including Cannes and Bafta) and 38 nominations, so it must be good!

Running time:  101 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkUMC5Jw8MA

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from 6.30pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the bar and space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.  Please note that the kitchen will close at 9.00pm, so if you want to have food you will need to order before then.

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London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immidiate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Grazia

    Quite an unusual way to watch a movie, but it was good fun. :)

    September 21, 2013

  • iain

    Arrived late, but managed to see most of movie.Good fun.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Luca

    Excellent movie and great after movie talks. Thank you for organising it. I had good time.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Maddalena

    I am really sorry!! but I can't make it as I finished late at work .... so not enough time to get there :(

    September 20, 2013

  • Andrea

    Why do I have the strange feeling that nobody is interested in hearing my coughing concert during the film and that it might make more sense to stay home in bed? Sorry for the short notice, but I hoped the virus would improve over the day...

    1 · September 20, 2013

    • Marion

      Get better soon (and thanks for being sensible... ).

      1 · September 20, 2013

    • Andrea

      Thanks for the well wishes and understanding, Marion, would have loved to join as the film is simply gorgeous. Hope to make it to one of the next movie nights.... Have fun!

      September 20, 2013

  • Derya

    I'm very sorry but I don't feel well..! Better to stay at home and have some herbal tea and soup...

    September 20, 2013

    • Marion

      Get better soon. You can't beat chicken soup with noodles!

      September 20, 2013

  • M&M s

    is it possible to add one person now

    September 20, 2013

    • Marion

      As long as they are a member of the LEC, yes. This is a members only event.

      September 20, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Already seen it: the apotheosis of Almodovar's surrealistic plots : )

    September 2, 2013

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