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3.4
34 Ratings

Scary Mother

Sashishi Deda

Directed by Ana Urushadze
Georgia, Estonia, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

A 50-year-old housewife, Manana, struggles with a dilemma: she has to choose between her family life and a love for writing she has repressed for years. When she finally decides to follow her passion, she is ready to sacrifice everything for it, mentally and physically.

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Scary Mother Directed by Ana Urushadze

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Best First Feature

San Francisco International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: GGA New Directors Award

European Film Awards

2018 | Nominee: Prix Fipresci (European Discovery)

Less scary than driven and dyspeptically funny, the title character of this mordant comedy is on a mission. . . . With her terrific star, Nato Murvanidze, the Georgian director Ana Urushadze opens up one woman’s life with dark laughter, great feeling and truth.
March 27, 2018
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Urushadze expertly shifts the ambiance from a relatively playful first half to a darkly expressionistic conclusion. She’s also aided by Nata Murvanidze’s quietly intense performance, as well as the artful frontal compositions of cinematographer Mindia Esadze.
December 11, 2017
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Though its cerebral chilliness, emotional remove and narrative abstruseness might make it a hard sell (Urushadze is perhaps unlikely to get quite as far as her father, Zaza, did with 2013’s Oscar-nominated “Tangerines”), this is nevertheless a startling debut that wholly earns its place as standard-bearer for one of the most exciting and distinctive national cinemas to have emerged in recent years.
October 27, 2017
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