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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 ... 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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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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Drama | War

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Submitted by Finland to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (U.S.A.) for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards. 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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Amazing lucid revelation of complex humanities
7 March 2006 | by researchingmediaSee all my reviews

Haven't been so totally blown away by a movie for quite a while - it's rare in Hong Kong that all the 5 audience in the cinema all ended up soaking in tears - if that didn't tell you enough about the movie..

There were movies, like the Dutch movie Simon, that tried to capture the subtle dynamics among fathers and sons, or the Canadian one, Barbarian Invasion. This movie, however, has yet overrode those movies by its subtle but yet delicately constructed interplay among father, mother and the son. More so it touched so much upon young man's hope and tie with the mother. Just when you think that was the whole thing about the movie (i.e. mother and son, anti-war wake-up call), the movie got brilliantly galvanized by the two women in how they dealt with themselves and the motherhood, and what they wanted, adding a potent twist to the narrative as well as gently tweaking the emotions of the audience.

For such a long time there was no movies that was able to employ such a basic and simple setting but yet so able to capture the multi-faceted humanities in such an embedded, compiling way.

Highly recommend this movie.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,851,888
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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