Thai carer Pomm looks after Europeans with Alzheimer's , while a family prepares to leave Switzerland, in this moving observation of motherhood and care.

TRAILER

REVIEWS

"HEARTBREAKING"
★★★★
"A RADICAL 
ACHIEVEMENT"
★★★★★
"INFINITELY MOVING"
"BEAUTIFUL AND
SENSITIVE"
"LYRICAL
&
HEART-RENDING"
"A TALE OF
FEMININE STRENGTH
"

"DEEPLY MOVING"
"UNDENIABLY AFFECTING"

SIGHT & SOUND

"PROFOUND"

INTERVIEWS

'Films must be honest about tragedy': the director putting dementia on screen
Kristof Bilsen on the Ties That Bind in “MOTHER”
'Pomm quickly made it clear to me how to visualize her story.' (in dutch)
Chantal Pattyn interviews 
Kristof Bilsen (in dutch)
 

SYNOPSIS

In a small village in Thailand, Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer’s.
Separated from her children, she helps Elisabeth during the final stages of her life, as a new patient arrives from Switzerland.

 

Pomm has sacrificed being close to her children in order to earn a better living, meanwhile in Switzerland a family prepares to say goodbye to their mother; a woman who has developed Alzheimer’s in her 50s.

Mother is an intimate and moving observation, that allows us to explore the struggles and expectations of motherhood and the frustrations of being unable to care for our loved ones.

 

As two narratives collide in this extraordinary coincidence, the powerful connection between patients and caregivers challenge our preconceptions.
Both Pomm and her patients are trying to recover the pieces of their lives that are gone, but through love and kindness they will learn to care for each other.

 
PRODUCTION CREDITS

A production by Limerick Films (BE)
in co-production with 
HALAL docs (NL) and Man's Films Productions (BE) 
 

Director & Producer: Kristof Bilsen

Written & developed by: Kristof Bilsen & Xan Márquez Caneda

Camera: Kristof Bilsen, Marko Milovanovic, Chutimon Sonsirichai

Sound recordist: Xan Márquez Caneda

Editor: Maarten Janssens

Sound designer & Mixer: Hugo Dijkstal

Music by: Kyle Bobby Dunn

Colorist: Olivier Ogneux

Post-production: CAVIAR Post (Steffen Geypens, Xavier Arijs)

Graphic design & Poster design: Sander Brouwer


Executive producer: Kirsten Johnson

Co-producers: Marion Hänsel, Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen

Associate producer: Steven Dhoedt

Research support by ​
Pascal Decroos Fund and by SACD/Scam
Script and development support by Flanders Audiovisual Fund 
and the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union
 

Production support by Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Netherlands Film Fund 

and Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel Wallonie Bruxelles

Co-produced by VRT-CanvasRTBF - Unité de Programmes Documentaires
and 
EOdocs. In association with RTS Switzerland
 

With support of the Tax Shelter initiative of the Belgian Government
 

Developed during EURODOC 2017

International sales:
Deckert Distribution

 

Duration: 82' / 52' - 2K DCP Dolby SR

 

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