A twentysomething single mother in Norway’s expatriate Pakistani community struggles with her dysfunctional relationship with her perpetually disapproving mother, in this startlingly assured feature debut by Norwegian actor, singer and filmmaker Iram Haq. Twentysomething single mother Mina (Amrita Acharia) is seriously at a loose end. She wants to be an actress but blows every audition. She seems uninterested in, and incapable of pursuing, any other career. And she's in a casual relationship with an already-attached and painfully self-absorbed man. A chance meeting with a Swedish filmmaker (Ola Rapace) opens up new possibilities, but looming over everything is the one constant in Mina's life: her mother's disapproval — a disapproval so deep and so gargantuan it's brought about Mina's relentlessly self-destructive behaviour, which has apparently made her entire family outcasts in Norway's expatriate Pakistani community. A startling and sure-footed feature debut from Norwegian actor, filmmaker and singer Iram Haq, I Am Yours builds on the work of directors such as Sweden's Josef Fares (Jalla! Jalla!), one of the first filmmakers to deal with the experience of Middle Eastern and South Asian immigrants to the Nordic region. But Haq's film is distinct in the ways it presents the phenomenon through the prism of a mother-daughter relationship, which it deals with in a decidedly courageous, mature way. Haq unflinchingly catalogues Mina's faults. She's a terrible mother, easily convinced to leave her child alone in order to appease a needy lover. Yet, for all that, we sympathize with her, most notably in scenes with her mother, Samina (Rabia Noreen). Acharia is alternately forlorn and infuriating as the confused Mina. Noreen, though her character is monstrous at times, also elicits sympathy as a sad old woman who can't relate to her daughter. In its incisive portrait of familial relationships and of a woman who tries to live on her own terms but can't seem to stop screwing herself over, I Am Yours is reminiscent of modern feminist classics such as Gillian Armstrong's High Tide. An indelible debut, it poses a pressing question: How can we recognize or give love when we haven't yet received it?
- Special Jury Mention - Les Arcs European FF
- Best Screenplay Award - Brussels FF
- Best Feature - Nordic Film Days Lübeck
- FIPRESCI Jury Award - IFF Bratislava
- Amrita Acharia
- Ola Rapace
- Prince Singh
- Rabia Noreen
- Trond Fausa Aurvaag
- Tobias Santelmann
- Iram Haq
- Marek Septimus Wieser
- Cecilie Semec
- Anne Østerud
- Janus Billeskov Jansen
- MPM PREMIUM
- MARIA EKERHOVD
a devastating and touching work.
I think living life and human beings painful experiences inspires me to make stories. I loved Like father, Like son from Koreeda. It's a beautiful piece.
Iram Haq (b. 1976) is an actress, writer and director. She studied at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. She has worked for many years as an actor, on stage and in feature and TV films. She also wrote and starred in the short film OLD FAITHFULL (2004) which was selected for the short film competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2004. She made her directorial debut with the short LITTLE MISS EYEFLAP in 2009 – which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and has since been selected for numerous international film festivals. In 2013, she made her feature film debut with I AM YOURS. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was Norway’s Oscar entry in 2014. WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (2017) is her second feature film.