Mother of Mine (film)
|Mother of Mine|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Klaus Härö|
|Produced by||Ilkka Matila|
|Written by||Heikki Hietamies (novel), Jimmy Karlsson, Kirsi Vikman|
|Starring||Topi Majaniemi, Esko Salminen, Maria Lundqvist, Marjaana Maijala, Aino-Maija Tikkanen|
|Music by||Tuomas Kantelinen|
|Cinematography||Jarkko T. Laine|
|Editing by||Darek Hodor|
|Distributed by||Columbia TriStar|
|Running time||111 min|
Mother of Mine (Finnish: Äideistä parhain, Swedish: Den bästa av mödrar) is a 2005 Finnish-Swedish film directed by Klaus Härö. The film is based on a novel by Heikki Hietamies. It received good reviews from the Finnish press, and was selected to be Finland's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.
The story is a discussion between Eero and his biological mother (Kirsti), where they are talking to each other and clarifying their misunderstanding and difference in present time. Eero has just come back from his visit from Sweden for Signe's (Swedish mother) funeral.
The plot of the story is based on the time of the Second World War and the main character of the story is a Finnish boy (Eero Lahti). The biological father of Eero is (Kari-Pekka Toivonen) in the Finnish army. He dies in the front and Eero's mother Kirsti falls into deep depression. As the war gets worse, Eero is sent to Sweden to a new Swedish family. In the new family, he has a father Hjalmar Jönsson, mother Signe Jönsson and a grandfather (who is deaf and cannot speak). He also meets the neighbor’s daughter Siv.
Despite Hjalmar being very welcoming, Eero is not willing to stay in Sweden and wants to go back to his biological mother. Signe is frustrated in Eero's unwillingness to adjust to the situation. She is also frustrated in the language barrier and the fact that she wanted to have a small girl instead of Eero. There is a reason why she wished to have a girl; in is later revealed that she had lost her six-year-old daughter Elin 2 years earlier in an accident (drowning).
In the struggle of the change Signe wants the boy to learn Swedish. After a long struggle to adjust, slowly Signe starts to attach to the boy and she starts loving him. And getting attention, care and affection, the boy starts attaching too, and that leads to them having a tight mother-son relationship.
The war ends and German loses the war with Russia. The children taken to Sweden safe from the war are now being returned to their homes in Finland.
The situation in Finland (Helsinki) gets better, and that means Eero has to return to his biological mother and leave the Jönsson family in Sweden. The bond between his Swedish family has by then grown so much stronger that he is unwilling to go back to Helsinki. But despite of his wishes and Signe's resistance, Eero is sent back to Finland to his mother Kirsti.
Later, in a scene where Eero and his mother are older, Eero tells his mother that back then, it was impossible to ever have the same relationship with his biological mother that they used to. As a child, he was certain that once he lets someone come close to him, he is in risk of losing everything again. Eero was afraid that her mother will leave him again if things get worse. The adult Eero even tells his mother, that when he came back from Skåne, Kirsti (his biological mother) wasn't a mother to him anymore.
The highly emotional storyline is a vivid description of the time of war in Finland.
The film won several awards:
- Cairo International Film Festival
- Lübeck Nordic Film Days
- Palm Springs International Film Festival
- Satellite Awards
- São Paulo International Film Festival
- Viareggio EuropaCinema
Maria Lundqvist won awards at