All About My Mother is also unique in that it shows many of the ways in which American views of gender and sexuality are limited when compared to a global scale. Roth's character's best friend and her ex-husband are both male to female transsexuals. Sex work is also discussed rather frankly throughout. And homosexuality (or at least bisexuality) is seen as an unremarkable and viable option.
My first Almodóvar experience is still my favorite, but this film opened the door to many brilliant films by the prolific director.