True Mothers

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General Public:$12.00
Film Info
Program:New Releases
Virtual Cinema
Tags:Women Directors
Oscar Submission
Release Year:2020
Runtime:140 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Naomi Kawase
Executive Producer:Naoya Kinoshita
Producer:Yumiko Takebe
Cinematographer:Yuta Tsukinaga
Naoki Sakakibara
Screenwriter:Naomi Kawase
Based on the novel by Mizuki Tsujimura
Izumi Takahashi
An Tôn Thât
Editor:Tina Baz
Yoichi Shibuya
Roman Dymny
Composer:Akira Kosemura
An Tôn Thât
Principal Cast:Hiromi Nagasaku
Arata Iura
Aju Makita
Miyoko Asada
Filmography:Sweet Bean (2015)
Radiance (2017)
Vision (2018)



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About the Film

Japan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards

After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.

Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase’s work, True Mothers is “is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion” (Awards Watch).


"True Mothers covers an impressive amount of narrative ground, morphing from social issue film to domestic drama, romantic melodrama, violent urban thriller and at last a quiet reflection of cathartic confrontation." —Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema

"Naomi Kawase's best film in years, True Mothers is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion." —Mina Takla, AwardsWatch

"The latest film from the prolific Japanese director Naomi Kawase is a rewarding drama which weaves together knotted maternal bonds and textured character portraits. An elegant, absorbing piece of storytelling, its universal themes and a tone which conveys empathy without tipping into sentimentality...." —Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

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