Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

To say Pedro Almodóvar's film is complicated would be an understatement. Set in Spain, the story involves a woman whose son dies in a terrible accident—getting hit by a car while chasing an actress for an autograph—which compels her to reconnect with the father her son never knew, a transgender prostitute. There, she discovers that not only is she dying of AIDs, but she's impregnated and infected another woman. The unconventional plot is typical Almodóvar, which is to say totally atypical.

At its core, the film is a meditation on facades, what people do and tell themselves to get by. Which makes Almodovar's dedication all the clearer: "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 mother." TA