European Perspectives / UK premiere

Mother (Ema)

  • Kadri Kõusaar /
  • Estonia /
  • 2016 /
  • 89 mins

Tiina Mälberg, Jaan Pehk, Jaak Prints, Rea Lest, Andres Tabun, Andres Noormets, Siim Maaten / Fiction / Estonian

A delicious pitch-black murder comedy-mystery.

 A small Estonian town hides some dark secrets in Kadri Kõusaar’s wonderfully pitch black comedy Mother (Ema). She draws out Leana Jaluskse’s clever script that revolves around a wife and mother (the excellent Tiina Malberg) whose grown-up son lies comatose in his bedroom after a shooting, with the police unable to find who his attacker may be. His visitors stand over his unblinking body revealing truths as gradually the film teases out who his attacker actually is. Playful and funny as well as beautifully put together, Mother is a dark gem of a film. [PG]

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