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

 |  Drama  |  2 September 2011 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thomas Jouvet (20 ans)
Sophie Cattani ...
Julie Martino
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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
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L'employeur
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La caissière du cinéma
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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

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€4,255,932 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,705 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Dark
15 April 2012 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

This is based on a true story, and the screenwriters did not tidy up the tale. It meanders frustratingly. You keep waiting for some development. The story is quite confusing since it involves three similar-looking brothers (and possibly more) two sets of parents, a three sets of actor one for each brother at different ages. To add to the confusion, the story flits back and forth in time without clear time frame cues.

The children are endearing and convincing actors, but all the adults are rather unlikeable, rude, selfish people. The main mother is also infuriatingly irresponsible.

It plays with the Oedipal urges, complicated by the ambiguous web of who is who's biological parents.


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