all about my mother


All About My Mother (1999)

To Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands, Romy Schneider. To all the actresses who have played actresses, to all women who act, to men who act to become women. To all the people who want to be mothers. 

To my mother.

- Pedro Almodóvar

I have to laugh when I see folks going “well, what if the artist didn’t intend for there to be any deep symbolism?” The Death of the Author entirely aside, any artist can tell you that the fact that you didn’t intend for there to be any deep symbolism doesn’t mean you didn’t put some there anyway. I personally know multiple fanfic writers who’ve put together what they thought was just an interesting bit of fluff, then they went back and re-read their own story a month later and they were all: “oh, god dammit - this is about my relationship with my mother, isn’t it?”


“Reality always filters through into my films, even when I try to reject it. It finds a crack to seep in through. The climate of the last four years in Spain has been of enormous unhappiness and even though I haven’t personally suffered from the harshness of the economic situation, I’m surrounded by people who have. I don’t think Julieta is a metaphor for Spain today but it’s no accident that my 80s films were much happier…In the last three years, I’ve suffered physical pain and great solitude….I know a lot about solitude.”

– Pedro Almodovar

Stills from Julieta (2016, dir. Pedro Almodovar) Cinematography by  Jean-Claude Larrieu

**Look at how the backgrounds/art interact with the costumes in each of these stills. Nearly every frame of Julieta is like this.  



Costume Appreciation: Tale of Tales (Costume Designer - Massimo Cantini Parrini)