Cinéma de la plage
I am very moved that Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) is being screened at Cinéma de la plage because I love outdoor cinema. The first films I saw as a child were screened outdoors. I am no fetishist, the only real fetish in my life is that whitewashed wall that was used to project films in the summer.
The film evokes motherhood, different kinds of motherhood. Even fathers become mothers in this film. It talks about family as an emotional cornerstone for the child who needs to be educated, fed and supported by the family. A multi-faceted family with parents who may be transvestites, transgendered, lesbian, adoptive mothers… where the binary male-female gender distinctions disappear. The family is an emotional core of mutual support where the child receives all needful things. For that, there is no need to be baptised or Catholic.
The film is about women's capacity for action, a capacity I have observed in the women in my family. The women who brought me up in the fifties often had to adapt to men to avoid problems. This capacity not to lie but to act in the interest of others is very feminine, and Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) is about that as well.