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Mother of Mine (2005)

Äideistä parhain (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 30 September 2005 (Finland)
During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writers:

Veikko Aaltonen (based on a screenplay by), Heikki Hietamies (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Topi Majaniemi Topi Majaniemi ... Eero Lahti
Marjaana Maijala Marjaana Maijala ... Kirsti Lahti - Eeron äiti
Maria Lundqvist ... Signe Jönsson - äiti Ruotsissa
Michael Nyqvist ... Hjalmar Jönsson - isä Ruotsissa
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Eero Lahti - nykyaika
Aino-Maija Tikkanen Aino-Maija Tikkanen ... Kirsti Lahti - nykyaika
Kari-Pekka Toivonen Kari-Pekka Toivonen ... Lauri - Eeron isä
Brasse Brännström ... Isoisä Ruotsissa
Penny Elvira Loftéen Penny Elvira Loftéen ... Siv - naapurintyttö
Ia Langhammer ... Anna
Leif Andrée ... Gunnar
Marie Göranzon ... Rouva Grevnäs
Åsa Persson Åsa Persson ... Opettajatar
Gustav Wiklund Gustav Wiklund ... Pappi
Patrick Henriksen Patrick Henriksen ... Tuomas - kotiavustaja
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Storyline

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "Mother of Mine" tackles that painful patch of history in a tale of 9-year-old Eero, a child who increasingly feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and yet not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he is returned to Finland, his confusion intensifies. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,851,888
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like the main character Eero, writer Heikki Hietamies was a war-child and was evacuated from Finland to Skåne, Sweden. See more »

Soundtracks

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht!
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber (1818)
Lyrics written by Joseph Mohr (1818)
Swedish lyrics written by Oscar Mannström (1915)
Musical Arrangement by Mats Bergström
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Brilliant!
5 February 2006 | by pwbognar-1See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival in September '05, near the end of the festival. By that time, I have seen enough, and I am quite critical: I will walk out on films (I almost never do that!), or resent a mediocre film for wasting my precious TIFF time.

Not this film. I can't think of a reason why I shouldn't give this beautiful film a 10. It had me literally from the opening shot, right through to the credits. When I see a film like this, it makes me wonder what American film makers are doing, offering rehashes of stuff we saw thirty years ago (think Batman, Star Wars, even King Kong).

Here is a wonderful story, gut wrenching at times, painful to see, but compelling. Maria Lundqvist as Signe is amazing to watch, as is Topi Majaniemi as Eero. Michael Nyqvist (Hjalmer) is sublime in the supporting role.

Beautiful cinematography, fabulous acting, a great thought provoking story. What more could you ask for at the cinema?

My final comment on "Mother of Mine:" Find a way to see this film.


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