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Surviving My Mother (2007)

Clara's mother is on her death bed as she tells her daughter that she regrets they are not closer. This revelation causes Clara to pursue a closer relationship with her own daughter, Bianca.

Director:

Émile Gaudreault

Writer:

Steve Galluccio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Dhavernas ... Bianca
Ellen David Ellen David ... Clara
Colin Mochrie ... Rick
Adam J. Harrington ... Michael (as Adam Harrington)
Véronique Le Flaguais ... Clara's Mother
Louison Danis ... Ginetta
Christian Bégin ... Pierre
Laurent Allaire Laurent Allaire ... Khalid
Matt Holland ... Martin
Danièle Lorain Danièle Lorain ... Female Doctor
Lucinda Davis ... Policewoman
Penny Mancuso Penny Mancuso ... Michael's Father
Frank Schorpion ... Johnny Palumbo
Suzanna Lenir ... Vanessa Palumbo
Océane Martin Océane Martin ... Young Bianca
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Storyline

Clara's mother is on her death bed as she tells her daughter that she regrets they are not closer. This revelation causes Clara to pursue a closer relationship with her own daughter, Bianca.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Comment survivre à sa mère See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,454 (Canada), 11 November 2007, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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emotional damage not done well enough
28 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Clara (Ellen David) is a dutiful mom, wife, and daughter. She scarifies to take care of her dying mother who hates her husband. Instead of being grateful, her mother tells her that she doesn't know her. She tries to change and reevaluate her own relationship with her daughter Bianca (Caroline Dhavernas). Only her promiscuous daughter is struggling with her own problems.

Ellen David seems ill at ease in this role. She just seems more at ease with a comedic role. She does some serious emotionally damaging things in this movie. She really needs to suffer for those emotions.

Caroline Dhavernas is simply too old to play this role. She's in her late 20s and that's what she looks like. The role starts at age 16 and goes till she's 21. She plays a sexually promiscuous role which would be so much shocking if she was closer to the actual age of the character.

This movie deals with some serious family dysfunctions, some serious emotional damage, and some serious personal growth. It has a couple of interesting scenes, but it just doesn't flow together as a compelling story.


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