Mother (Ema)
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Film Info
Section:Narrative Feature
World Cinema
Release Year:2016
Runtime:89 min
Production Country:Estonia
Subtitles:Estonian with English subtitles
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Director:Kadri Kõusaar
Cast:Tiina Mälberg
Jaan Pehk
Andres Tabun
Andres Noormets
Rea Lest
Jaak Prints
Siim Maaten
This darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. Attentive in her duties but at the end of her tether, Elsa receives Lauri's visitors-friends, students, his girlfriend, his boss, and others-who come to update the unconscious Lauri on their lives and unburden themselves of their troubles. But as the police inquiry into the crime progresses, some of his closest ties are called into question and the localsare abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. Director Kadri Kõusaar cunningly navigates a script that slowly pieces together the truth behind Lauri's shooting through his visitors' confessionals to the comatose protagonist, cleverly building a web of motives among the tight-knit community. Bathed in the pastel tones of post-Soviet life, Mother is a smartly-crafted whodunit set in a small town where just about everyone is dreaming of something bigger and some are willing to do whatever it takes to get out.
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Preceded by One Shot, 2015, dir. by Andrea Casaseca, Spain, 10m

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