Watch Trailer
I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
Trailer #1 | 01:36
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,991 this week

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
"Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 September 2011 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 418 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 5 user | 27 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching, Thomas finds her single, with a small child, ... See full summary »

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4228 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
 
a list of 50 titles
created 29 Jul 2012
 
a list of 2028 titles
created 16 Apr 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 04 Oct 2013
 
a list of 409 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Devils (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Ruggia
Stars: Adèle Haenel, Vincent Rottiers, Rochdy Labidi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors. Marc is very virile, while Philippe is more reserved. A night, Marc surprises Philippe... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Patrick Bouchitey, Christine Pascal
Class Trip (1998)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A schoolboy Nicholas always worries about something. When he goes on a school skiing trip, all his visions and nightmares take him over.

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Clément van den Bergh, Emmanuelle Bercot, Yves Verhoeven
Renoir (2012)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Bourdos
Stars: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers
Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young accompanist named Sophie Vasseur gets a job with famed singer Irene Brice. As Irene's husband Charles, a businessman collaborating with the Nazis, wrestles ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Elena Safonova, Romane Bohringer
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

David is an accountant. He leaves town every Friday, pretending he is going to take care of his parents at their old people's home. But actually his parents are dead, and he spends the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Claude Piéplu
Alias Betty (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The true story of 17-year-old Sicilian Rita Atria (Veronica D'Agostino) -- who broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence and testified against the "family business" after both her father ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Amenta
Stars: Veronica D'Agostino, Gérard Jugnot, Marcello Mazzarella
Breathing (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

Director: Karl Markovics
Stars: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Georg Friedrich
Little Lili (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of cinematic spend a holiday in the French countryside. The film provides insight in their relationships, including that between a young man and a local girl, Lili. She uses the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Nicole Garcia, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, an Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.

Director: Oren Moverman
Stars: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Marina Hands, James Thierrée, Maya Sansa
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Thomas Jouvet (20 ans)
Sophie Cattani ...
Julie Martino
...
Annie Jouvet
Yves Verhoeven ...
Yves Jouvet
Maxime Renard ...
Thomas (12 ans)
Olivier Guéritée ...
Patrick / François (17 ans)
Ludo Harley ...
Patrick / François (9 ans) (as Ludo Harlay)
Gabin Lefebvre ...
Tommy (4 ans)
Quentin Gonzalez ...
Frédéric
Chantal Banlier ...
Chantal Duronnet, la voisine
Thomas Momplot ...
Mathieu
Alberto Actis ...
Le ferrailleur
Dominique Hulin ...
Le taulier de l'Hôtel Lux
...
L'employeur
...
La caissière du cinéma
Edit

Storyline

Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching, Thomas finds her single, with a small child, living in a nearby suburb and begins a relationship with her which slowly drives him to an act of madness. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Annem Hayatta Oldugu Için Mutluyum  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,255,932 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,118 (USA) (2 September 2011)

Gross:

$8,705 (USA) (18 November 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Fascinating, True Tale of the Possible Manifestations of Adoption
21 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE (Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante) is a deeply disturbing film based on a true story that explores the spectrum of adoption and the effects on the children placed for adoption, the biologic mother and the adoptive parents. It goes places other films on the subject have dared not go, and since this is based on a true incident it is another example of fact being stranger than fiction. The film was made in 2009 by the father/son duo Claude and Nathan Miller, based on the story as written by Emmanuel Carrère and adapted for the screen by Alain Le Henry and both the Millers.

We meet Thomas Jouvet (a splendid performance by Vincent Rottiers) at age 20, riding the train, his face reflecting that of a troubled young man. Through a series of at times confusing flashbacks we learn that Thomas was given up for adoption as a toddler, or as he sees it 'abandoned by his mother', and as a misguided lad he becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. The flashbacks begin with the adoptive parents Yves (Yves Verhoeven) and Annie (Christine Citti) on holiday with Thomas and his younger brother Patrick/François at ages twelve and nine. The adoptive parents are frequently at odds with Thomas who is an obstreperous child, acting out his feelings of disturbed behaviors with not being truly wanted. Further flashbacks show scenes of the brothers with their birth mother Julie (Sophie Cattani) and the day she signs off on their adoption at a foster care center. Thomas is four at time of adoption, his brother one. At twelve, Thomas Jouvet (Maxime Renard) is obsessed with finding his birth mother and blames his adoptive parents for failing to inform him about her. Thomas is determined to find his birth mother and manages to persuade a registry office worker to reveal his mother's name and address. He finds his mother, Julie, but when Julie opens the door, very pregnant, she doesn't recognize the twelve year old Thomas and Thomas flees. His adoptive parents are unable to cope with Thomas and it is suggested that Thomas' combative behavior is part of the etiology of Yves' depression - an illness that eventually leads to Yves' being institutionalized.One day he looks up Julie, arriving with flowers and chocolates. She is still in the same flat but now alone with her young child.A strange relationship develops in which Thomas seems to see Julie partly as his long-lost mom, partly as a potential girlfriend, a relationship with her which slowly drives him to an act of madness. Time moves forward eight years and Julie, the birth mother, now with a eight year old son Frédéric (Quentin Gonzalez), softens and Thomas, now twenty and working as a garage mechanic and with his own car seems finally on the right track, and is a loving member of his adoptive family, sharing in visits to Yves. François (now Olivier Guéritée), at seventeen doesn't remember Julie and is far more interested in chasing girls than in his birth/adoptive background. Thomas remains a loner. From here for a while Thomas leads a double life, halfway moving in with Julie and her child, and halfway still the son of Annie, going back and forth, lying to Annie about another job and a girlfriend. Eventually the confused and tortured life of Thomas ends up in a very unsuspected way - an incident occurs but it is not as it appears, and the results provide a very surprising ending to this strange but very true tale.

Watching this film, discovering the reason for the choice of title, takes some patience on the part of the viewer. The non-linear aspect of the story is often distracting but in the end it seems to have been the only way to allow us to understand the motivation of Thomas and the odd ending. Vincent Rottiers is exceptional as the very disturbed and desperately needy Thomas and the final scenes between Thomas and Julie are exceptionally touching. The film is in French with excellent English subtitles. This is a strong cinematic art piece about a subject that needs exploration. Despite the minor flaws in the picture it is well worth the viewer's time.

Grady Harp


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?