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MOTHER (2019) - System of Care Season


In Thailand, Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer’s. Separated from her children, she helps patients like Elisabeth during the final stages of their lives.

A character-driven film that explores the struggles of motherhood and the frustrations of being unable to care for our loved ones, Mother depicts the powerful, complicated relationship between patients and caregivers.

Looking at concepts of pain and dignity, heirarchies of care, selflessness and how mental decline can impact on families, Mother also tacitly asks: who cares for carers like Pomm?

With thanks to Kristof Bilsen

Presented by Wavelength


Twitter: @wavelengthdocs

  • dir. Kristof Bilsen

  • year: 2019

  • country: Belgium, The Netherlands

  • run-time: 82 minutes

Doors 15:45

Film 16:15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

A radical achievement: a love letter to loss, sacrifice and yearning. It questions how we care for elderly loved ones, makes provocative contrasts between east and west in the economics of medicine, and, with a central character who’s pure charisma, this is intimate observational documentary-making of a high standard... an original piece of work
— The Guardian
Undeniably affecting
— Sight & Sound
A beautiful and sensitive character study... Bilsen asks wider-reaching questions about the condition of the modern family and the nature of care
— Cineuropa