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LA MÈRE

MOTHER, THE

Antoine Cattin, Pavel Kostomarov
CH/F/RUS, 2007
Documentaries, 80min, russOmdU

LA MÈRE

Antoine Cattin, Pavel Kostomarov
CH/F/RUS, 2007
Documentaries, 80min, russOmdU

Screenplay: 
Antoine Cattin
Pavel Kostomarov
Sound: 
Antoine Cattin
Pavel Kostomarov
Camera: 
Antoine Cattin
Pavel Kostomarov
Editor: 
Antoine Cattin
Pavel Kostomarov
Composer: 
Thierry van Osselt
Alexander J.S. Craker

Production: 
Les Films Hors-Champ Ch. de l'Epignau 1 1373 Chavornay, Schweiz T 021 550 36 40 films@hors-champ.ch
World Sales: 
Les Films Hors-Champ Ch. de l'Epignau 1 1373 Chavornay, Schweiz T 021 550 36 49 films@hors-champ.ch
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

Though its focus remains tight on its main subject - a Russian single mother of nine - La Mère has the scope, precision and resonance of a literary masterpiece. The cinematography is startling, with bleached colors that reflect the washed-out dreams of its subjects. The film's blend of long takes and jump cuts give it the feel of an epic, and the characters and their stories are richer than fiction, as they celebrate, fight, grieve and survive. But La Mère is more than the sum of these magnificent parts, thanks to the richness and complexity of the themes it explores: the daily violence absorbed by women and children, the impossible traps of modern masculinity, the generations-long impact of addiction, the innocence of first love. Taking the long-form documentary to new heights, Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov have crafted an urgent classic of 21st century cinema. (Jason Silverman)