Mother

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

One of Mikio Naruse's portraits of Japanese women, MOTHER is based on a story written by an adolescent girl for a contest that had mothers as its topic. In the years following WW II, a husband (Massao Mishima) and wife (Kinuyo Tanaka) labor long and hard to reopen their laundry business while trying to raise their four children. When their eldest son dies...read more

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One of Mikio Naruse's portraits of Japanese women, MOTHER is based on a story written by an adolescent girl for a contest that had mothers as its topic. In the years following WW II, a husband (Massao Mishima) and wife (Kinuyo Tanaka) labor long and hard to reopen their laundry business

while trying to raise their four children. When their eldest son dies of fever, and exhaustion claims the life of the husband, the wife is left to rebuild the laundry with her three surviving children. A look at the determination of the working class, MOTHER is an unspectacularly photographed,

almost naive, film told through the eyes of the family's eldest daughter. Its art lies in its simplicity, and Naruse not only serves his source material well, but also presents his tale in a commercial, popular style that makes the film accessible to the very people it is about. Yet despite the

light touch of Naruse's direction, one cannot overlook the dark, hopelessness of the characters' situation. Although the name Mikio Naruse is known to devotees of foreign film, his works are only rarely screened, making this videocassette (in Japanese with English subtitles) a very special

release.

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