Mother/Country (2003)

TV Short  |  TV-14  |   |  Documentary, Short, Drama
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A young woman visits her mother and her birth country of Iran for the first time in 23 years.


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Tina (as Hilda Ranjbaran)


Over 20 years ago, at the age of six, director Tina Gharavi left Iran and her mother, to live with her father in the West. She has not seen mother or homeland since. This intensely personal film follows her as she returns to Iran to confront her past and understand why her mother sent her away. As well as filming her own experiences, Tina employs actors to play out the roles of her and her mother as they look on, in order to facilitate communication between the pair. But as the visit draws to a close, her mother remains elusive about why she sent her away, while Tina has a bombshell of her own to drop. Written by Anonymous

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11 July 2003 (UK)  »

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Fundamentally ... Questionable
28 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was attracted to watching this movie because it sounded interesting - a young lady goes back to Iran after 20 years to meet the mother who gave her up so long ago.

What one hopes for in a movie like this is a more-or-less mature attempt to look for answers/understandings about who they are and where they came from.

I didn't really get that feeling while watching this show. The mother appeared to be more sensible and consistent than the filmmaker. In fact, it seemed that all the people in the film came across as more likable and warm than the central person. Maybe they were just 'catering' to the camera - couldn't tell. Anyhow, she seemed either unwilling to accept the answers she was given or unable to uncover deeper answers.

We do learn at the end one of the most important reasons (or maybe the only reason) the film was made - to tell the mother something about the filmmaker's person and to build a relationship from there. It's a cool idea in some ways, but filmatic entrapment and exploitation in others.

In general, this film is intriguing because you get a glimpse of Iranian culture from female perspectives, but you might have some fundamental questions at the end.

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