Mother, I Love You

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    Mother, I Love You

    Mammu, es Tevi mīlu

    Directed by

    Latvia

    2013

    83 min

    • Latvian

    Drama

      Latvian submission for the Academy Awards

    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.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix (Generation Kplus) - Berlinale
    • Jury Award - Los Angeles FF
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Vita Varpina) - Riga IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kristofers Konovalovs
    Vita Varpina
    Matiss Livcans
    Indra Brike
    Screenplay
    Jānis Nords
    Cinematography
    Tobias Datum
    Editing
    Tamara Meem
    Production
    FILM STUDIO TANKA
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

    Press

    Nords avoids falling into stereotypes, (...) refuses a moralistic feel-good ending, satisfyingly choosing to emphasize the relief of being up-front. (...) All performances are strong.

    Variety

    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.

    2013 Berlinale Generation KPlus Jury

    A fresh take on preteen strife, built around an outstanding lead performance.

    Neil Young , The Hollywood Reporter

    Janis Nords

    Janis Nords

    Latvia

    After extensively working as the first assistant director on various Latvian features and TV commercials, Janis Nords shot his feature debut AMATEUR in 2008. The film won the Best Debut award at the Latvian National Film Festival. The following year he co-wrote RETURN OF THE SERGEANT LAPINS (directed by Gatis Smits), which premiered at Busan International Film Festival. He then studied film directing at National Film and Television School in Britain. MOTHER, I LOVE YOU is Janis Nords' second feature.