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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

MOTHER

TFF 2016 Directed by Kadri Kousaar
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE MOTHER [TFF 2016]
This darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. Attentive in her duties but at the end of her tether, Elsa receives Lauri’s visitors—friends, students, his girlfriend, his boss, and others—who come to update the unconscious Lauri on their lives and unburden themselves of their troubles. But as the police inquiry into the crime progresses, some of his closest ties are called into question.

Director Kadri Kõusaar cunningly navigates a script that slowly pieces together the truth behind Lauri’s shooting through his visitors’ confessionals to the comatose protagonist, cleverly building a web of motives among the tight-knit community. Bathed in the pastel tones of post-Soviet life, Mother is a smartly-crafted whodunit set in a small town where just about everyone is dreaming of something bigger and some are willing to do whatever it takes to get out.

—Ian Hollander
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Interests
Drama, Female Director(s), Thriller, Female Screenwriter(s)
This darkly comic crime mystery set in small-town Estonia centers on Elsa, the mother and full time caretaker of Lauri, a teacher who has been in a coma since being shot under shadowy circumstances. Attentive in her duties but at the end of her tether, Elsa receives Lauri’s visitors—friends, students, his girlfriend, his boss, and others—who come to update the unconscious Lauri on their lives and unburden themselves of their troubles. But as the police inquiry into the crime progresses, some of his closest ties are called into question.

Director Kadri Kõusaar cunningly navigates a script that slowly pieces together the truth behind Lauri’s shooting through his visitors’ confessionals to the comatose protagonist, cleverly building a web of motives among the tight-knit community. Bathed in the pastel tones of post-Soviet life, Mother is a smartly-crafted whodunit set in a small town where just about everyone is dreaming of something bigger and some are willing to do whatever it takes to get out.

—Ian Hollander
Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 89 minutes
Language: Estonian
Country: Estonia
Premiere: International
Cast & Credits
Director: Kadri Kõusaar
Screenwriter: Leana Jalukse, Al Wallcat
Producer: Aet Laigu
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Cinematographer: Jean-Noël Mustonen F.S.C.
Production Designer: Minna Hint
Costume Designer: Liisi Eelmaa
Make-up Artist: Maria Indermitte
Sound Designer: Horret Kuus
Cast: Tiina Mälberg, Jaan Pehk, Andres Tabun, Andres Noormets, Rea Lest, Jaak Prints, Siim Maaten
Contacts

Press Contact
Thessa Mooij
Silversalt PR
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212 729 7071
thessa@silversaltpr.com

Print Source
Aet Laigu
Meteoriit OÜ
Tallinn, 10136
Phone: +372 5825 8962
aet@meteoriit.ee

US Sales Contact
Aet Laigu
Meteoriit OÜ
Tallinn, 10136
Phone: +372 5825 8962
aet@meteoriit.ee

International Sales Contact
Aet Laigu
Meteoriit OÜ
Tallinn, 10136
Phone: +372 5825 8962
aet@meteoriit.ee

About the Director(s)
Kadri Kõusaar (1980) is an award-winning young female director from Estonia, whose debut feature Magnus (2007) opened in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). Mother is her third feature film.

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