A mother (Nataša Tic Ralijan) takes her daughter (Vida Rucli) over the Slovenian border to a remote village in northern Italy, where she shuts her up in a house. Even though the two don’t speak to each other, it’s clear that the daughter has self-destructive tendencies and uses drugs. In a desperate attempt to bring her daughter ‘back to life’, the mother has decided to take her out of her familiar surroundings.
According to Vlado Skafar, his Proust-inspired Mother is more of "a poem of two human souls" than a study of the relationship between a mother and a daughter. The filmmaker realises that ambition in a style fairly unusual these days: unashamedly poetic and lyrical while being observant and realistic. The photography of the film makes the healing power of nature, silence and darkness tangible. At the same time, Skafar uses documentary elements, for instance in his filming of a community of recovering addicts.

Original title
Mama
Filmmaker
Vlado Skafar
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Slovenia, Italy
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Italian
Producer
Frenk Celarc
Production Company
Gustav Film
Sales
Gustav Film
Writer
Vlado Skafar
Cinematography
Marko Brdar
Editor
Jelena Maksimovic
Cast
Vida Rucli, Natasa Tic Ralijan
Website
http://film-center.si/en/film-in-slovenia/films/3616/mother