Äideistä parhain (Den Bästa av mödrar) (Mother of Mine) (2005)
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The plight of displaced Finnish children sent to Sweden and Denmark to escape the horrors of World War II are explored in director Klaus Härö's tale of a young boy failing to adapt to his strange, and sometimes harsh, new surroundings. Following the death of his father, nine-year-old Eero (Topi Majaniemi) is sent by his mother to live with a foster family in rural Sweden for the duration of the war. Eero is begrudgingly accepted by a surrogate mother who had been hoping for a young girl to help with the chores, and he's mocked by his classmates for his frightened reaction to passing planes. Eero's already troubled childhood is further complicated when his resentful foster mother takes it upon herself to act as a filter for his mother's incoming letters. … More
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Critic Reviews for Äideistä parhain (Den Bästa av mödrar) (Mother of Mine)
The story is brought to vivid life by the strong cast.
Audience Reviews for Äideistä parhain (Den Bästa av mödrar) (Mother of Mine)
During WWII around 70,000 Finnish children were sent to Sweden to be temporarily hosted, while their parents stayed in Finland.The story was touching as it took the viewer through the experiences of one 9 year old child, Eero , who was also sent to Sweden and he must dealt with language differences and his desire to return home.I found this movie to be very emotional and frustrating,because Eero never really had a chance to settle down and found his true family. In the beginning he had to leave his mom behind, to live with his foster parents in Sweden. Signe, the foster mother at the beginning of their relationship was extremely bitter towards him. Once he began to get to know the family, and he fitted in, he felt at home there.Then his mother wanted him to come back to Finland. The movie had wonderful acting, directing and cinematography. The Swedish landscape and the simple lifestyle of these people were brilliantly displayed.More
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