Thursday, 8 October 2009

Mother of Mine (Aideista Parhain) [2005]


Second World War was a bad time for children to grow up in Finland, as nearly 70,000 Finnish children were displaced and sent to neutral Sweden. Mother of Mine tells the story of Aero, one such Finnish child sent to Sweden and placed under the care of foster parents, against his wishes. Told in flashbacks by a much older Aero, this is a moving account of a child at complete odds with his otherwise idyllic environment, which to him is far more hostile than his war-torn homeland. Finding it exceedingly difficult to adapt and only begrudgingly accepted by his foster mother (who takes it upon herself to hide letters sent by his mother), Aero grows up to be a lonely man neither in touch with his foster mom nor able to rekindle the relationship with his real mother, and hence with a deep sense of abandonment, alienation and cynicism. Aero survives the war, yet for him his life is a great tragedy, and justifiably so. This is a fine, lyrical and an honestly made anti-war movie and a heartfelt tale told by a very sympathetic director of one of the many personal tragedies and disasters of life during the times of the war.










Director: Klaus Haro
Genre: Drama/War
Language: Finnish/Swedish
Country: Finland/Sweden

11 comments:

Yayaver said...

One of mine favourite movie... so simple and amazing reflection of a boy's life affected by 2nd world war in humanitarian way

Shubhajit said...

Yeah, 'humanitarian' is indeed the best word to describe this movie.

Just Another Film Buff said...

Two years ago, my friend saw this movie and was raving about it for a few months together. I haven't seen this one, but from the fine synopsis you've written, this one sounds like both autobiographical and allegorical. Any idea about the director?

Shubhajit said...

This is a low-key, heartfelt movie. Don't have any idea about the director, but yes, going by the movie's premise, it might very well be autobiographical, or at least semi-autobiographical.

Soham Talukdar said...

hello shubhajit could you give me the link of downloading this movie? actually i have wanted to see this flick for quiet some time. Have you heard the song on which this film is based on "Mother of mine"??

Yayaver said...

Klaus Härö is the director of the film.
Illegal Download link is http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/120066293/Mother+of+mine?tab=summary

Shubhajit said...

Soham, I hope Yayaver's reply to your comment answers your first question. As for your second, well, I haven't.

Little Girl Lost said...

you say foster parents, and then you say step mother... which is it?
but thank you for the very lovely synopsis... i'll try to download this as soon as possible...

Shubhajit said...

Thanks for the appreciation, as well as for pointing out the faux pas in my review.

soham talukdar said...

this is appreciating

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Actually i believe that children that are killed right now are very lucky because they will not have to live in a shit world like this.