Running Time: 101 minutes
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
devastated after her son Esteban is killed in a car accident, Manuela (Cecilia
Roth) relocates to Barcelona in hopes of
finding her ex-husband (and Esteban’s father), who is now working as a female
impersonator. Manuela becomes reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonia
San Juan), a transgender woman, and is
introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more
cynical mother (Rosa María Sardà).
While looking for work, Manuela becomes acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma has troubles of her own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela Peña).
The film won the Best Director award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.