True Mothers

    Genre
    Drama
  • Runtime
    140 mins
  • Release Date
    2020
  • Countries
    Japan
  • Languages
    Japanese, English

ANGELIKA’S NOTE

An Official Selection of the Cannes, San Sebastian and Toronto International Film Festivals, TRUE MOTHERS is Japan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards, eloquently crafted by filmmaker Naomi Kawase. It centers on a woman with an adopted child, who is contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother. 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).
DIRECTED BY:
Naomi Kawase
WRITTEN BY:
Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi
CAST INCLUDES:
Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita

SYNOPSIS

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.

True Mothers

    Genre
    Drama
  • Runtime
    140 mins
  • Release Date
    2020
  • Countries
    Japan
  • Languages
    Japanese, English
DIRECTED BY
Naomi Kawase
WRITTEN BY
Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi
CAST INCLUDES
Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita
An Official Selection of the Cannes, San Sebastian and Toronto International Film Festivals, TRUE MOTHERS is Japan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards, eloquently crafted by filmmaker Naomi Kawase. It centers on a woman with an adopted child, who is contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother. 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).

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.