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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Äideistä parhain (2005) aka Mother of Mine


Powerful, touching and affecting

Äideistä parhain (English title Mother of Mine) is a Finnish film released in 2005. It was directed by Klaus Härö. The film received good reviews from the Finnish press, and was selected to be Finland's nominee for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. The film is based on a novel by Heikki Hietamies.


1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She was expecting a little girl and still mourns for her daughter who drowned in the sea. The situation changes when Eero's mother tells with a letter that she wants to go with her lover to Germany and Eero should remain with his foster mother. Thus Eero becomes Signe's son. Now she cares lovingly for him. Eero makes friends with the little girl Siv and enjoys childhood for a while. However, after the end of the war the boy has to go back to Finland against his will where his mother waits for him. Never again he will be able to trust her, since she has disappointed him too often. 60 years later, invited to Signe's burial, he will understand while reading all letters that both women only wanted the best for him.

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