Genre Guesstimation – All About My Mother (1999)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“Well, as I was saying, it costs a lot to be authentic, ma’am. And one can’t be stingy with these things because you are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being.” – Agrado

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring writer yearns to find a way to learn about his real father whose identity has been kept hidden by his mother.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, yet never really had much interest in seeing what it was all about especially given the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of films not in English.

When the title popped up during my quest for films for this genre, I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try and see why this is considered such a great film.

The premise is actually quite intriguing but the way that the movie is presented just doesn’t do much for me.

The characters are all quite eclectic and I found things to e a bit too much in the way that they develop these characters and the situations that they find themselves in since things seem to go into the extreme.

The story is told in a way that is slightly non-linear and that works despite the fact that it makes things a bit more confusing.

The plot and story is done in a way that it’s easy to see that it is mostly allegory coupled with some very existential ideas and therefore things are ch more suited for movie viewers who enjoy those kind of themes in a movie (unlike myself).

I can definitely understand how this film could garner such critical and fan fame even if it didn’t really speak to me.

IN addition, I can also see how this kind of film could go on to win an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just didn’t speak to me. The characters are all quite eclectic and things feel a bit too much the whole way through in the way that the characters and situation they find themselves in become quite extreme.  The story isn’t told 100% in a linear fashion and that also makes things a bit too confusing which is also problematic. The story is very existential and is filled with lots of allegory and is more for the movie viewer who can appreciate these kind of storytelling instead of one’s looking for a straightforward story. I can understand how this film has been lauded by so many fans and critics and it doesn’t surprise me that it was able to win Best Foreign language film at the BAFTA’s, Globes and Oscars.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Agrado’s monologue was based on a real life event. When the electronic system of an Argentinian theater failed, the director suspended the show. Actress Lola Membrives decided to give the news to the audience and make them an offer: if they’d stay, they could listen to the narration of her life.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really even though I can sorta understand why this has received critical acclaim, it just wasn’t something that I found enjoyable to watch.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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