All the Cities of the North
A film full of mothers: recently divorced Mabel (40) cares for her young daughter, and is living temporarily with her mother. This grandma already had her hands full with caring for her other daughter and her own mother. Mabel also cares for the needy Pini and leads aqua-jogging classes for ladies. Another Mother is a basically optimistic, tender portrait of different variations on motherhood, in which the various women and children help one another with their busy daily lives, but at times simply can’t stand one another.
This second film by Argentine Luque is related in terms of its cinematography and sensitivity to work by his compatriots Santiago Loza and Ivan Fund. Luque demonstrates that he can also be successful without a shocking dramatic intervention in the story, such as in his lauded debut, Salsipuedes. With exactly the right distance and focus on small gestures that seem to result directly from personal memories, he is able to hit the right note every time: a film as a sonatina.
Programme IFFR 2017
Coming-of-age drama in which a Puerto Rican teen girl is living at her strict grandmother’s house, waiting until she can move to America to be with her mom.