It has been ten years since Elena received a telephone call from her sixyear old son, Ivan, telling her that he was lost on a beach in France and couldn’t find his father. That was the last Elena ever heard of her only child. Now Elena lives near that same beach, working at a nearby restaurant, and is finally emerging from the darkness her life has been shrouded in for so many years. But everything is thrown into the air again when Elena meets Jean, a French adolescent who reminds her a great deal of her own missing son. Together, Elena and Jean embark on a relationship which will sow chaos and suspicion in all those around them.
A deeply moving portrait of a woman in search of light. MADRE tells of the turmoil of a meeting and shares a flood of emotions. Great cinema that showcases Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s talent. The Spanish director is a master of the art of the sequence shot that he sees as a gesture that is both tender and dizzying. His fifth feature film (after EL REINO) beautifully conveys the terrible mourning of a loss of a child. The contained sadness of a mother, acted by Marta Nieto, earned her the Orizzonti prize at the 2019 Venice Festival. As for the young Frenchman Jules Porier, revealed to us in Anne Fontaine’s 2017 REINVENTING MARVIN, displays a promising talent.