Cecilia Roth

Cecilia Roth

Highest Rated: 100% Labyrinth of Passion (1982)

Lowest Rated: 45% Lucia, Lucia (2003)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1956

Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

An Argentine native who spent her formative years exiled to Spain, Cecilia Roth was a regular in Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's early films and a star in Argentina long before she became an international critics' darling as the title character in Almodóvar's Oscar-winner All About My Mother (1999). Born in Buenos Aires, Roth lived in Spain during Argentina's 1970s-early-'80s repressive military regime. Roth began acting during her years as an expatriate, earning her first major film role in Ivan Zuleta's cult film Arrebato (1979). After playing a bit part in Almodóvar's outrageous, if unpolished, Pepi, Lucy, Bom (1980), Roth starred as the unsubtly named Sexilia in the director's sex farce Labyrinth of Passion (1982). Roth also played small roles in Almodóvar's Dark Habits (1984) and What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984), and co-starred with a young Antonio Banderas in expat Argentine director Rodolfo Kuhn's El Senor Galindez (1984). An established actress, Roth returned to Argentina in the mid-'80s and became a national star of TV, stage, and film. Though she appeared in director Adolfo Aristarain's Argentine-U.S. thriller The Stranger (1987), Roth eschewed an English-language career, instead starring in a range of Argentine films during the 1980s and 1990s. Further revealing the depth of her talent, Roth played Franz Kafka's sister in Los Amores de Kafka (1989); starred in Aristarain's South American version of a Western A Place in the World (1992); and played a judge/investigator in the hit detective drama Cenizas del Paraiso (1997). Roth subsequently won Spain's Best Actress award for her performance in Aristarain's challenging family drama Hache (1997). Reuniting with Almodóvar and Dark Habits cohort Marisa Paredes, Roth gained even more attention for her lead role in the director's multiple award-winning comic drama All About My Mother (1999). As Manuela, the mother of a deceased teen son, Roth's restrained yet palpable grief infused Manuela's strange search for the birth father with emotional resonance, anchoring Almodóvar's story of redefined families and female resilience. After All About My Mother's international success, Roth co-starred with Javier Bardem in the Spanish romantic drama Segunda Piel (2000).


Highest Rated Movies



97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) Zulema 2019
75% El Angel (El ángel) Actor 2018
No Score Yet Migas de pan Actor 2017
49% I'm So Excited! Norma $1.4M 2013
No Score Yet Matrimonio Actor 2013
50% El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) Martha 2008
No Score Yet Sofacama Actor 2006
No Score Yet Private Lives Director Actor 2005
No Score Yet Our Father (Padre Nuestro) Maite 2005
No Score Yet Otros dias vendran Actor 2005
45% Lucia, Lucia Lucia $0.2M 2003
No Score Yet Kamchatka Actor 2002
No Score Yet Beyond Desire Alina 2002
No Score Yet Una Noche Con Sabrina Love Actor 2001
No Score Yet Vidas Privadas Carmen 2001
No Score Yet Segunda Piel (Second Skin) Eva 1999
98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) Manuela 1999
No Score Yet Cenizas del Paraiso Actor 1997
No Score Yet Martín (Hache) Alicia 1997
No Score Yet Un Lugar en el Mundo (A Place in the World) Actor 1992
No Score Yet The Loves of Kafka (Los Amores de Kafka) Kafka'a sister 1988
No Score Yet The Stranger Anita 1987
69% Entre tinieblas (Dark Habits) (Dark Hideout) Merche 1983
100% Labyrinth of Passion Sexilia 1982
50% Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón) Actor 1980


No Score Yet Supermax


Lola says: [At Rosa's Funeral] Manuela, what a joy is to see you. Pity is in this place.

Lola says: Manuela, what a joy is to see you. Pity is in this place.

Manuela says: It couldn't be anywhere else. You're not a human being, Lola. You're an epidemic.

Esteban says: And you?

Manuela says: What?

Esteban says: Would you be able to become a prostitute for me?

Manuela says: I've already been able to do anything for you.

Manuela says: Lola has the worst of a man, and the worst of a woman

Manuela says: Lola has the worst of a man, and the worst of a woman.

Lucia says: Life isn't about getting. It's about losing

Lucia says: Life isn't about getting. It's about losing.

Lucia says: A true journey of discovery isn't about changing our surroundings, but about changing the way we see.