Gender Boundaries and Traditional Gender Stereotypes in the Film, ABOUT My Mom by Pedro Almodovar
‘Part of each woman is a mom/actress/saint/sinner. And part of each man is a female’ (All About My Mother, tagline to English trailer)
Examine how Almodóvar’s All About My Mother blurs gender boundaries and queries traditional gender stereotypes.
“All About My Mother” hails from Almodovar’s another work “The Flower of My Key” which also targets the part of a mother. The film under conversation, however, moves beyond that, and discovers what it means to become a woman from many unique angles. In this story Almodovar issues the stereotype of a female to be a passive character and blurs a solid male/feminine gender division.
In order to comprehend how Almodovar challenges regular gender stereotypes in the film, it really is beneficial to look at Laura Mulvey’s argument about the normal portrayal of ladies in cinema. Mulvey