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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:
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 ...
Chantal Banlier ...
Chantal Duronnet, la voisine
Thomas Momplot ...
Alberto Actis ...
Le ferrailleur
Dominique Hulin ...
Le taulier de l'Hôtel Lux
La caissière du cinéma


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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Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Annem Hayatta Oldugu Için Mutluyum  »

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€4,255,932 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$8,705 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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Vincent Rottiers excel in Taboo subject matter
27 June 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante – I'm Glad my mother is Alive – CATCH IT (B) Based upon a true story the movie revolves around a young guy who was given for adoption along with his brother by his callous mother. His obsession with his mother from being toddler till adulthood is explored in the movie. Even though she gave him up for adoption in age 5, he never forgets her and always keeps searching for her. And when he finds her its really hard to determine what exactly goes in this troubled young mind. As he still crushes on his mother and treat her as the woman he is love with rather than a Mother. The taboo subject matter explored in very dark way. I don't know whether it was good thing or bad thing as director didn't push the envelope, because if he would have pushed the envelope it would have been ranked as one of the most indigestible movies of all time. Here the director played it safe, and didn't go deep within the young guy or even his mother's mind. The whole movie relies on Vincent Rottiers's creepiness. He truly excels in the movie as creepy, confused, and hot tempered jealous guy. I don't why but I really loved Christine Citti as the adoptive mother, she was soo maternal. Sophie Cattani played the role of the despicable mother to her acting capabilities. I think she could have been great but since there is no as such reason for her being a callous besides being pregnant at 17, she couldn't do anything else. On the whole, Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante is a good time pass movie about a subject matter no one wants to talk about Ever!

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