A-Z Spanish film titles

todo sobre mi madre, a level spanish

not yet available, DVD and background material for sale below

french a level, cinema, essay, summary

Resources have been written with the needs of busy teachers in mind. They are available:

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  • to receive on CD with access to the online version also
  • to receive as a VLE version (moodle, firefox etc) with access to the online version also

This film marked Almodóvar's entry into the big time.  The film starts tragically when Esteban, son of the main protagonist Manuel an Argentinian nurse, is killed on his seventeenth birthday.   She allows her son's heart to be transplanted and then goes to Barcelona to find Esteban's father, Lola, who knew nothing of having a child.

In Almodóvar style the plot then launches into a complex web of events involving a range of disparate characters and attitudes. This is the director dealing with identity in the modern world where straight, gay, bisexual and transexual people have to work things out together so it could be challenging to the more sheltered student but it certainly has a lot to discuss.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English subtitles

Spanish subtitles for hearing impaired