I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2011)

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Based on a true story, I'm Glad That My Mother is Alive explores childhood trauma and its dire consequences on adult life. Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching Thomas finds her single, with a small child, living in a nearby suburb and introduces himself. Traumatized by years of emptiness and longing for his mother, he starts an ambiguous relationship with her (part courtship, part obsession) which slowly drives him to an act of madness. -- (C) Strand
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Vincent Rottiers
as Thomas Jouvet
Sophie Cattani
as Julie Martino
Christine Citti
as Annie Jouvet
Yves Verhoeven
as Yves Jouvet
Maxime Renard
as Thomas
Olivier Guéritée
as Patrick/François (17 Years Old)
Ludo Harlay
as Patrick/François (9 Years Old)
Quentin Gonzales
as Frédéric
Quentin Gonzalez
as Frédéric
Chantal Banlier
as Chantal Duronnet, the Neighbor
Thomas Momplot
as Mathieu
Sabrina Ouazani
as Cashier in Cinema
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Critic Reviews for I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Sophie Cattani as Julie takes us with her over several borders, and Vincent Rottiers as the latter-day Thomas is complete in his inchoate anger at fate.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
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The narrative easily goes back and forth in time; despite its Oedipal subtext, it avoids exploitation. Stellar performances by Rottiers and Cattani help keep the movie on track.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
New York Post
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Miller gets points for using a bit of narrative sketchiness to good effect...

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
New York Daily News
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One of the film's strengths is its detached, even-handed view of someone whose turbulence and fits of rage are ultimately inexplicable, as is often the case in real life.

September 1, 2011
New York Times
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Rottiers is excellent at embodying someone who projects vulnerability most when he's attempting strength, and who continually, heartbreakingly searches his mother for signs of attachment or regrets that fail to surface.

Full Review… | August 31, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Focuses, unsurprisingly, on family ties, although the kind you'll find here are more likely to choke than comfort.

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

½

Based on a true story, "I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive" is an unsettling character study about Thomas(Vincent Rottiers) who we first meet as a young adult. He is recalling past memories, first as far back as he can at the age of 5 to the only memories he has of his birth mother, Julie(Sophie Cattani), who when confronted by social services, gives up him and his younger brother Patrick to a caring couple, Annie(Christine Citti) and Yves(Yves Verhoeven), who cannot have children of their own. By the age of 12(Maxime Renard), Thomas is starting to ask questions about his birth mother, especially after an exhausting swim with his father.(The moral of the story is to never try and keep up with the youngsters.) He is also getting into fights at school and is about to be sentenced to boarding school. A lot of that comes from his being conflicted with the love he has for his birth mother versus the possible reality of who Julie really is which frightens him. Some might say this adds up to a variation on the whore/madonna complex but it is not really that simple since she was still a teenager when she had Thomas and is still trying to figure things out. On the other hand, Patrick, now known as Francois, does not recall Julie at all and adjusts easier. In the end, there are no easy answers and no easy way of assigning blame.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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