Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma)


Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016)


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Tall, dark, androgynously handsome, Pierre wears eyeliner and a black lace g-string, while having sex with both boys and girls. The confusion only goes deeper when the teenager's single, working-class mom is arrested for having stolen him (and his "sister") at birth. Thanks to the wonders of DNA, he's returned to his biological parents: bourgeois, straight-laced and thrilled to have him back--at least until he joins them at a bowling alley in a zebra-print mini dress. The turmoil of adolescence is plumbed with wit and compassion by writer/director Anna Muylaert, whose earlier film, The Second Mother, also dealt with familial loyalty and class tensions. Actress Dani Nefussi gives completely believable knock-out performances in the role of both mothers, and newcomer Naomi Nero makes short shrift of anyone's expectations as a broodingly intense, potentially volcanic six-footer in stiletto heels. -Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

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Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Imagine the shock, imagine the adjustment, imagine not wanting to adjust. "Don't Call Me Son" imagines all that and more while calling into question the nature of bonding, blood and close ties.

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It revs up, makes its spirited mess of issues, maintains its complicated humanity, then ends. That may not make it everybody's cup of tea, but hey, Muylaert seems to be saying, what movie or person is?

Nov 9, 2016 | Full Review…

A hazy drift through vast subjects - the fluidity of adolescence and the fragility of family - Anna Muylaert's Don't Call Me Son works best when it goes small.

Nov 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Indicates a filmmaker of remarkable range, subtlety and intelligence -- a Brazilian talent who's deservedly gaining a place on the world stage.

Nov 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The narrowness of its perspective and its relatively brief 82-minute length disappoint. Yet "Don't Call Me Son" still manages to be a fascinating, sympathetic portrait of a lost boy abruptly thrown to the wolves.

Nov 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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