All About My Mother Live Flesh Talk To Her

  |  Buy to Own: 15/09/2003
  |  302 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A Pedro Almodovar triple bill. In 'All About My Mother' single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) takes her seventeen-year-old son, Esteban, to see a stage performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' as a birthday treat. Tragically, Esteban is killed when he chases after a taxi carrying his favourite actress, Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes). Consumed with guilt, Manuela decides to go in search of Esteban's father, whose identity she never revealed to her son. She finds out that he has had a sex change and is now called Lola the Pioneer, and along the way meets various characters, including transvestite La Agrado (Antonia San Juan) and AIDS-infected nun Sister Rosa (Penelope Cruz), who help her with a painful journey of self-discovery. 'Live Flesh' is Almodovar's adaptation of the novel by Ruth Rendell. Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet drug-addicted diplomat's daughter Elena (Francesca Neri) after losing his virginity to her. She barely remembers anything about the past, however, and attempts to shoot him. Two cops, David and Sancho, arrive at the scene, and David is shot, leaving him paralysed. Victor finds himself imprisoned for the shooting, although he is innocent. In jail, he learns that David, now a paralympics champion, has married Elena, and vows revenge upon his release. Whilst 'Talk to Her' is Almodovar's tale of dance, bullfighters, love and comas. Benigno is a housebound nurse who falls in love with a young dancer, Alicia, he sees rehearsing through his window. Marco is a journalist who falls in love with a bullfighter, Lydia, after being assigned to interview her. When Alicia and Lydia are involved in separate accidents which send them both into a comas, Benigno and Marco meet at the hospital and unpredictable consequences promptly ensue.