Synopsis: Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells her mother that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda hides his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula has died. The next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of her car.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Pedro Almodóvar
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 60 wins & 90 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Put some stones in the vase

or it'll fall over.

This bloody wind!

Polish the letters well.

There are so many widows!

The women here

live longer than the men.

- Except poor Mom.

- Mom was lucky.

Raimunda, don't say that!

She died in dad's arms,

and she loved him more than anyone.

Burned to death!

That's the worst way to die.

They were asleep.

They didn't even realize.

Even so, how can you say

something like that!


- Is that everything, Mom?

- I'll get the rest.

This is wonderful!

Good Lord!

- Is this Paula?

- Of course.

She's all grown up!

Give her a kiss.

She's got your father's eyes.

- How are you?

- Not good.

Don't say that.

I want to give my grave the once- over.

With this wind, you can't keep it clean.

- It looks lovely.

- Cleaning it relaxes me.

I often come and sit here on my own,

and time goes by.

We're going now,

we have to see Aunt Paula.

- Come and see me afterwards.

- Sure.

How's Paco?

He's fine, he stayed

in Madrid, working.


does Agustina really come

and clean her own grave?

Yes, it's the custom here.

They buy a plot

and look after it all their lives,

like a second home.

- That freaks me out!

- It's tradition here.

- Shall I drive?

- Yes.

Aunt Paula!

Who is it?


- Don't take all day.

- Don't rush me.

I don't like going back

in the dark.

Be nice to Auntie, don't laugh at her.

- All right.

- This house still smells of Mom.

How are you, Aunt?

You're very thin!

Have you had the baby?

- Fourteen years ago.

- Doesn't time fly!

And who are these?

Who do you think?

Sole and my Paula!

The same name as me!

And Sole.

Shall we go into the dining room?

That Sole looks like a right sourpuss.

For Heaven's sake!

...the wind carried

the cinders to the bushes.

The result is the most tragic fire

in the last 13 years.

- Mind if I turn it off?

- No, I can't see it anyway.

Fires are dreadful.

That's how your grandparents died.

- Why did I come in here?

- I don't know.

To talk?

- To get some food?

- Yes!

Look in the sideboard.

I'm very shaky on my pins.

Look, wafers!

Just like mom's.

Eat up.

How was the cemetery?

Your mother is delighted.

Did you scrub the headstone properly?

Of course.

She likes it to be clean.

If she could, she'd clean it herself.

But, of course, she can't.

Of course, she can't.

Don't you feel lonely

in this big house?

You'd be better off in a home,

where you'd be looked after.

I'm fine as I am.

- I'm going to the bathroom.

- Well, go!

You can't live on your own.

I'm worried about you.

How do you manage your meals?

Very well.

Agustina brings me bread,

your mother does the cooking

and if I need anything

I call the store and they bring it...

I'm fine.

What a lovely touch!


It's got your name on it.

Shall we go?


We're leaving now.

I'm so shaky on my pins.

- Don't get up.

- How could I not get up?

Next time I come back,

I'm taking you home with me.

Yes, next time.

What matters is that you come back.

You've gotten very wobbly.

- Take care of yourself.

- I will.

Mind how you go!

We'll do that. I love you lots!

- Shall we go to Agustina's?

- Yes.

Come in!


- How did you find your aunt?

- Bad.


She's gotten very shaky.

I don't know how she copes.

He does very well

without going outside.

She eats a stick of bread every day.

She leaves the money for me.

Let's go onto the patio.

She's in an awful state, love.

She doesn't know what year it is.

She talks about mom

as if she were still alive.

For her, she isn't dead.

She can't accept it.

Sit down for a while.

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Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar Caballero is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor. He came to prominence as a director and screenwriter during La Movida Madrileña, a cultural renaissance ... more…

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