Asa ga Kuru (original title) / 2020 / drama / 2h 20min /
written by Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi, based on a novel by Mizuki Tsujimura /
directed by Dzintars Dreibergs / country: Japan / language: English & Japanese with English subtitles

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Japan’s Official Submission to the Academy Awards

“Japan’s Naomi Kawase is among the tenderest of filmmakers – you can often sense her caring presence off-camera, in a good way – and her latest, “True Mothers,” is a fine example of this Cannes-honored director’s sensitivity and lyricism.”
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“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).”

(source: Film Movement)

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