TRUE MOTHERS (140 NR)
VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 2/19/21
3 day rental available for $12
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After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.
Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase’s work, TRUE MOTHERS is “is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion” (Awards Watch).
Japanese with English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: Naomi Kawase
SCREENWRITER: Naomi Kawase
CAST: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada
“[T]he film shimmers with beauty and sadness…. “True Mothers” wows in the end with an emotional banger of an ending that’s a truly devastating convergence of all the film’s threads. Kawase ties everything together beautifully….”
—Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire