TRUE MOTHERS: Last Day Thursday, April 15th

Watch Trailer Director: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita
Language: Japanese

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Film Movement is proud to present four Official Best International Feature Oscar submissions, including TRUE MOTHERS, YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY, BLIZZARD OF SOULS, and MY LITTLE SISTER, available as a package for the discounted price of $30. Your purchase provides invaluable support for independent film organizations who tirelessly champion these global cinematic voices.

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About the film

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).


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Running Time: 140 min140 MIN
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The 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.

Ryan Lattanzio