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  • Actors: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti, Yves Verhoeven
  • Directors: Claude Miller, Nathan Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a true story, critically acclaimed French filmmaker Claude Miller (A Secret, Little Lili, The Little Thief, Alias Betty) and his son Nathan Miller explore childhood trauma and its consequences on adult life. Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching Thomas finds her single, with a small child, living in a nearby suburb and introduces himself. Traumatized by years of emptiness and longing for his mother, he starts an ambiguous relationship with her (part courtship, part obsession) which slowly drives him to an act of madness. With striking performances and a shocking twist, I'M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE is hard to get out of your mind.


extraordinary --Time Out New York

a shocker --The New York Times

stark and powerful --Jeffrey Lyons

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I'M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE (Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante) is a deeply disturbing film based on a true story that explores the spectrum of adoption and the effects on the children placed for adoption, the biologic mother and the adoptive parents. It goes places other films on the subject have dared not go, and since this is based on a true incident it is another example of fact being stranger than fiction. The film was made in 2009 by the father/son duo Claude and Nathan Miller, based on the story as written by Emmanuel Carrère and adapted for the screen by Alain Le Henry and both the Millers.

We meet Thomas Jouvet (a splendid performance by Vincent Rottiers) at age 20, riding the train, his face reflecting that of a troubled young man. Through a series of at times confusing flashbacks we learn that Thomas was given up for adoption as a toddler, or as he sees it 'abandoned by his mother', and as a misguided lad he becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. The flashbacks begin with the adoptive parents Yves (Yves Verhoeven) and Annie (Christine Citti) on holiday with Thomas and his younger brother Patrick/François at ages twelve and nine. The adoptive parents are frequently at odds with Thomas who is an obstreperous child, acting out his feelings of disturbed behaviors with not being truly wanted. Further flashbacks show scenes of the brothers with their birth mother Julie (Sophie Cattani) and the day she signs off on their adoption at a foster care center. Thomas is four at time of adoption, his brother one. At twelve, Thomas Jouvet (Maxime Renard) is obsessed with finding his birth mother and blames his adoptive parents for failing to inform him about her.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By █ R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on April 25, 2012
Format: DVD
The title "I'm Glad My Mother is Alive" indicates two things, either the mother was found still living, or the mother did not die through some avenue or other.

Bitterness through life
This French film is about a man who was abandoned as a child along with his brother. He was placed for adoption at the age of five by a teenage mother. We get a glimpse into his childhood where Thomas experiences a rough childhood. As normal with most children who discover they were abandoned by real parents, they grow up angry, extreme bitterness toward the parent as they go through life.

Contacting a biological mother
Thomas Jouvet , as young man, now has tracked his mother down. He discovers she has a child and he welcomes himself into her home. He soon displays an uneasy reaction toward the mother. We are led to believe he as a odd bizarre attraction to her. He reacts with jealousy. He sees the little boy as someone who had a mother, where he, Thomas, did not.

One note of interest here is that Directors like to tease the viewer with backflashes. If you are not paying close attention, you might miss a few things, become confused, especially trying to learn faces, read subtitles, and figure out what is going on.
This French film is very well done, however, I have issue with the shocking turn of events. If I revealed my displeasure, I would be giving a spoiler. ...Watch it! Rizzo.
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