Once My Mother (2014)



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When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind Helen's miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?


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Just when the film feels too much like a home movie, it shows us the world.

Aug 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's incredibly moving.

Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Beautiful, honest, personal documentary about the troubled relationship between filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz (Silver City) and her late mother.

Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Turkiewicz has made an intimate, deeply personal film. Nowhere is the film more moving than in scenes of mother and daughter together -- the caring and ever-anxious Sophia, the frail and barely coherent old lady.

Jul 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It moved me so emotionally.

Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

There is a lot about this documentary that I liked.

Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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