Midwife: Wait while I put on my gown. Mother: But the baby's already coming!? [Midwife put the child back in. Enter Doctor.] Doctor: What's going on here? Mother: The baby was coming but she pushed him back. Doctor [to Midwife]: Bitch, are you nuts? Midwife: I didn't have my gown. Doctor: Fuck your gown! La Mere is a biographical document proper. It can make you chuckle, smile, sigh and maybe even cry.
Depressing but revealing film about a mother of nine children barely surviving in rustic Russia. We see the brutality of day to day but also the love and tenderness her brood have for one another. The oldest daughter in particular we have an affinity for as it is she who has helped raise the rest, but in the time period of the film we see her married and become a mother herself with a similar.life ahead. Strong.
i watch it on a film festival in Belgrade...The film is beautifull,also it s hard in a moments,but it s neverendig job to be a mother,and this women Ljuba haven't got an ordinary life...but directors were able to presesnt it in realistic way,not cold or warm.. row.. yes,row is a real word...
Reminds me of the stories and pictures of the American Depression. People making do with little and doing it well. Love glows at the heart of things here although a cold and threatening darkness is always within range. The acts of men here continually disrupt while the women hold things together.
"A literary masterpiece" indeed, though at certain points I kept wondering about the ethics of it, on the directors' part. But overall, genius editing! As I'm guessing from the film, the directors must have spent quite some years with the family and they managed to compile all the footage in a very smart way.
This film completely dispelled my naive romantic view of life in the Russian provinces. It's seemingly a life of alcoholism,brutality,poverty yet conversely one of extreme warmth and love. The mother and her children had nothing materially yet an incredible amount in terms of their love for each other; there is a lesson in that for all of us in the richer parts of the world. A beautiful,beautiful film.