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During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. Mother of Mine, the latest from the award-winning Klaus Haro (Elina), tackles that painful patch of history in a tale of 9-year-old Eero, a child who increasingly feels abandoned by his biological Finnish mother and yet not attached to his Swedish surrogate mom. When he is returned to Finland, his confusion intensifies.

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The contrast between Finland's frigid birch forests and the open expanse of the Swedish coast, captured in Jarkko T. Laine's striking camerawork, is a key element of the film's quiet power, but composer Tuomas Kantelinen tugs too hard at heartstrings. --Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Submitted by Country - BEST FOREIGN FILM, Academy Awards --Film Movement

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  • Actors: Brasse Brannstrom, Esko Salminen, Leif Andree, Marie Goranzon, Aino-Maija Tikkanen
  • Directors: Klaus Haro
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • 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: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0J00Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By D. Lynch on November 21, 2007
Format: DVD
This film has always haunted me. I saw it two years ago on a long flight and was completely struck by it's quality...the photography is completely breathtaking, the writing and storyline is top-notch, and the acting and directing is superb. Being adopted I think this film has an added bittersweetness for me yet it's accessable to anyone because of its complete loyalty to the characters. This film is a true delight, and heartbreak, from beginning to end. It plays like a dream within a dream.
The woman who plays the adopted mother steals the show as you see her emotional range from one end of the spectrum to the complete other end. I felt every single thing she was going through. This is film making at its most beautiful. Bravo!!!!!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. Jeannette on April 9, 2007
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After the outbreak of war between Finland and Russia, during World War II, the nine-year old boy, Eero, is sent from Finland to live with a family in neutral Sweden. (The film tells us that over 70,000 Finnish children were sent to Sweden for refuge.) Eero's indomitable spirit shines through as he adjusts to his new surroundings, dealing with the language difference and new relationships with his foster parents and the other schoolchildren. What will happen when he is supposed to return to Finland? This film is visually pleasing, with gorgeous vistas of the Swedish coastland, and very moving in its simple human story. I loved it and very highly recommend it!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on September 28, 2010
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... for us to watch this poignant film about a child displaced by war, without remembering the issues of that war, or recalling our own or our families' roles in that war? "Mother of Mine" is set in Finland and southern Sweden in the last years of World War II, but war per se is only a backdrop, a cause without a Cause, to the tragedy of the boy Eero, whose father has been killed in battle and whose mother sends him away for his own safety. Eero is twelve years old, speaks only Finnish, but he is taken to live on a farm in Skåne, a rural province of Sweden, by an agency that transported at least 70,000 Finnish children as refugees to such safety. The Swedish family that accepts Eero has recently been traumatized by the death of their own child, and the Mother find's Eero's arrival horribly painful. Meanwhile, Eero's natural mother has found another "man" to love; she will eventually need to choose between the new man and the son whom she's given away.

The film narrative is structured as a 'flashback' in the mind of Eero as a 70-year-old man, summoned to the funeral in Sweden of his adoptive mother. Returning from Sweden, Eero visits his birth mother in a nursing home, despite the truth that he has never reconciled himself to her 'abandonment' of him. In a lovely reversal of the usual cinematography, the story of Eero's boyhood is filmed in color, while Eero's visitations after most of a lifetime are filmed in black-and-white.

The War, nevertheless, was a presence in my mind while watching this film, possibly because I spent some of my own childhood in Sweden, possibly because I'm just old enough to remember the post-war years clearly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Gregg on September 21, 2012
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Subtitled, but there is not so much talk that you miss the movie and acting for trying to read all the text.

At the beginning of WWII, Sweden wanted to help its war-torn neighbor Finland by offering the more than 70,000 Finnish "war children" temporary homes with Swedish families. (Can you imagine how incredibly hard that must've been for the parents to do - or how scary and hard it must've been for the children?)

The kids were put on boats, and then a train - LOTS of children, very few adults to look after them. Young kids trying to take care of and calm their baby siblings, stoically trying to protect them only to have them taken away as siblings were generally separated. So the poor kids had to deal with so much fear and grief and on top of that the guilt of not being able to protect their younger sibling. They didn't even speak the same language. First they picked the youngest and then the prettiest girls, so they had to also suffer the torture of being picked over in that way. And after a time the children started to get settled in their new life - and then they were uprooted again to be returned home.

War is HARD on EVERYONE and its effects are long lasting. And we should all remind ourselves of this during peace times, so we can appreciate the peace and work hard to avoid war. And younger generations need to understand it too, not only to appreciate what they have but to also understand that hard times are survivable and it is our loved ones that are valuable - not our possessions.

This is the fictional story of one child. It is heart-wrenching at times, and it will make you want to just slap some of these people at times. But humans aren't perfect. It is a GOOD story, a good movie and at the end of the movie, I think you will be glad you watched it - and I hope you share this with others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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Other reviewers reveal the plot, which the film-makers took care to disclose slowly and carefully. What a shame, for those details are rationed out in such a splendid manner that you watch riveted, wondering and waiting. What a poignant film. What a sad film. What a beautiful film.

There are no false moments in here; a young man, clearly wise beyond his years but still a child, is thrown about by adults who both want to help him and have their own powerful needs.

I could write more. But no need. Go see it. It is lovely.
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Can anyone tell if this dvd has also subtitles in spanish ?
I'm looking at the Film Movement case of this DVD and it only says English subtitles.
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