2 user 14 critic
This darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy ... See full summary »


Kadri Kõusaar


Leana Jalukse, Kevin McCann (inspired by) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The film consists of three chapters. The Manslayer takes place more than a hundred years ago. The leading character Maara is a young bride who is about to start her life in her new family. ... See full summary »

Director: Sulev Keedus
Stars: Rea Lest, Evald Aavik, Andrus Albrecht
November (2017)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her.

Director: Rainer Sarnet
Stars: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi
Sangarid (2017)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An upbeat comedy about three boys that escape from Soviet Estonia to Sweden via Finland in the 1980s to fulfill their dreams in the free world.

Director: Jaak Kilmi
Stars: Märt Pius, Karl-Andreas Kalmet, Veiko Porkanen
Polaarpoiss (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mattias is a young talented photographer in his final year of secondary school, who has a dream to become a student of the Berlin Arts Academy. He unexpectedly falls in love with a wild ... See full summary »

Director: Anu Aun
Stars: Roland Laos, Jaanika Arum, Eric Simonin
Keti lõpp (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A secluded fast food joint next to an empty parking lot, where it's good to go, because nobody recognizes you there. On a rainy autumnal day, people show up one after the other - all of ... See full summary »

Director: Priit Pääsuke
Stars: Maiken Schmidt, Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr., Tiit Lilleorg
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A music critic Hugo, suffering from post-divorce depression, is just about to rebuild his life when his jazz musician father Raivo arrives at his door unexpectedly. Spiteful old man ... See full summary »

Directors: Andres Maimik, Katrin Maimik
Stars: Roman Baskin, Tõnis Kahu, Jarek Kasar
Teesklejad (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Intent on repairing a rift in their relationship, Anna and Juhan retreat to a seaside house lent to them by well-heeled friends. After witnessing an accident on rocky shore, they take in a ... See full summary »

Director: Vallo Toomla
Stars: Mirtel Pohla, Priit Võigemast, Mari Abel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

What would you do if one day a newborn baby was put on your hands and said: take it or leave it.

Director: Liina Trishkina
Stars: Reimo Sagor, Nora Altrov, Emily Viikman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-year-old Leelo's mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother's last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best ... See full summary »

Director: Moonika Siimets
Stars: Tambet Tuisk, Helena Maria Reisner, Yuliya Aug
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man trying to make sense of the world in the summer heat of late nineties Estonia.

Director: Triin Ruumet
Stars: Hendrik Toompere Jr. Jr., Kait Kall, Kristjan Lüüs

I never dreamed about the good life. I dreamed about a normal life.

Director: Martti Helde
Stars: Rea Lest, Reimo Sagor
Põrgu Jaan (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Kaur Kokk
Stars: Pääru Oja, Meelis Rämmeld, Egon Nuter


Cast overview:
Tiina Mälberg Tiina Mälberg ... Mother
Andres Tabun Andres Tabun ... Father
Andres Noormets Andres Noormets ... Aarne
Siim Maaten ... Lauri
Jaak Prints Jaak Prints ... Andres
Rea Lest ... Riin
Jaan Pehk Jaan Pehk ... Policeman
Getter Meresmaa Getter Meresmaa ... Kimberly
Katrin Kalma Katrin Kalma ... Liina
Marin Mägi Marin Mägi ... Sister (as Marin Mägi-Efert)
Margus Mikomägi Margus Mikomägi ... Ranger
Liis Laigna Liis Laigna ... Doctor
Märten Matsu Märten Matsu ... Karl-Andreas


This darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. Attentive in her duties but at the end of her tether, Elsa receives Lauri's visitors-friends, students, his girlfriend, his boss, and others-who come to update the unconscious Lauri on their lives and unburden themselves of their troubles. But as the police inquiry into the crime progresses, some of his closest ties are called into question. Director Kadri Kõusaar cunningly navigates a script that slowly pieces together the truth behind Lauri's shooting through his visitors' confessionals to the comatose protagonist, cleverly building a web of motives among the tight-knit community. Bathed in the pastel tones of post-Soviet life, Mother is a smartly-crafted whodunit set in a small town where just about everyone is dreaming of something bigger and some are willing to do whatever it takes to... Written by Ian Hollander

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


How does no one know nothin' in this podunk town?


Drama | Thriller



Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

8 January 2016 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Anya See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Meteoriit Oü See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Official submission of Estonia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »


Pioneer Trail
from the album "Heliographs"
Composed by Erik Honoré, performed by Erik Honore & Jan Bang
Erik Honoré. All rights reserved
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Oh, mother!
11 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Mother', at first seems to be bleak drama about mother who takes care of her comatose son, while her husband stays little distant. Soon, a quirky humor starts to flow in to give the film nice warmth. And soon the mystery starts to unfold. 'Mother' is more of a dark comedy than straight drama, but it doesn't go over the top - the comedy/drama is well balanced and the film never falls into (self) parody.

We are first introduced with the Mother character (Tiina Mälberg) while she's doing everyday chores - cleaning, washing, cooking and taking care of her son, who after strange shooting lies in coma. We learn about the son and the shooting through different people (colleagues, girlfriend, lover, students, investigating police officer, friends, etc.) who go to visit him to confess. But not only - we learn about the life of a small town, where everyone knows everything, but nobody know anything. The local police inspector (magnificently charming Jaan Pehk) who at first seems to be there just for comic relief as a silly small town cop. Although he keeps his comical value, but there are much more depth in the character. The film concentrates more on the characters and tries to show that the mystery surrounding the shooting is not the most important. Little by little we are revealed to different things in such a clever ways that we are starting to wonder - who is the criminal.

'Mother' manages to stay subtle, sweet and compassionate till to the shocking ending.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed