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Mother, I Love You

English title: Mother, I Love You
Original title: Mammu, es Tevi m?lu
German title: Mama, ich liebe dich*
Latvia, 2013

Director: Nords, J?nis
Production company: Tanka
Age recommendation: 10 years and up
Film genre: Feature film

Raimonds is an adolescent pupil at a school specialising in music. His behaviour earns him a severe reprimand. Naturally, he has no intention of obtaining his mother’s signature on this censure and simply unplugs the telephone when his teacher tries to call her at home. Life is far from easy for Raimonds’ mother who works overtime at a clinic to make ends meet. This means Raimonds is usually left to deal with his problems on his own. To cap it all, he discovers his mother has in fact been leading him up the garden path with all her talk of night shifts. She is completely oblivious when her son becomes involved in a number of desperate acts. The excuses which follow soon ensnare him in an impossible situation. Told entirely from Raimonds’ point of view, this realistic drama provides the viewer with an insight into the emotional life of this introverted boy.

Sensitively portrayed, the film describes the difficult path mother and son must travel if they are to rebuild their relationship.

"One little lie can change everything, because it often takes an even greater lie to leave things unrevealed. The film touched us deeply, because it gives us a look in the inner conflict of a boy, who learns to take responsibility for his actions and experiences that friendship needs honesty. Congratulation to this wonderful film!"
International Jury Generation Kplus at Int. Filmfestival Berlin 2013

"a very unique and realistic film with great acting performances, especially Vita Varpina as the mother. It raises moral dilemmas without judging and with great care of the characters. We felt sincere empathy for the main character. A film about honesty that makes you think about the great consequences of every little choice you make.” Int. ECFA-Jury Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen 2014

Berlin Generation 2013 (awarded), TIFF Kids Toronto 2013, Zlin 2013 (awarded, ECFA Award), Tel Aviv 2013 (awarded), Pula 2013, Buster Copenhagen 2013(awarded), Filemon Brussels 2013, Nordic Film Days Luebeck 2013, Listapadzik Minsk 2013 (awarded), Golden Elephant CFF India 2013, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2013 (awarded), Stuttgart CFF 2013, Jeugdfilmfestival Antwerp & Bruges 2014 (awarded, ECFA Award), Sehpferdchen Hannover 2014, gKids New York ICFF 2014, FIFEM Montreal 2014 (awarded), BUFF Malmö 2014 (awarded), Ciné Jeune de'l Aisne St. Quentin 2014, Dubai CIFF 2014, Kristiansand 2014 (awarded), Vilnius 2014 (awarded), Schlingel Chemnitz 2014, Cinekid Amsterdam 2014, Oulu 2014, Olympia Pyrgos 2014 (awarded), Kristiansand 2017

Study guide: Norwegian

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