The Disappearance of My Mother


The Disappearance of My Mother

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Benedetta wants to disappear. As iconic fashion model in the 1960's, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970's, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she became fed up with all the roles that life imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to an unknown place as far as possible from this world. Hiding behind the camera, her son Beniamino witnesses her journey. Having filmed her since he was a kid in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible - or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta - the image of her liberation.


Critic Reviews for The Disappearance of My Mother

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11)

  • "The Disappearance of My Mother" is a successful piece of documentary filmmaking inasmuch as it's entertaining and dextrously crafted. But its precise intent is unclear.

    Feb 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • [An] affectionate, often uncomfortably intimate feature-length debut...

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Fascinating and perplexing...

    Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Captures the complexities of a woman who has spent a lifetime challenging the influence of the fashion industry and staring down the unflinching gaze of the camera.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An intimate, beautiful and evocative documentary about the life and thoughts of an inherently fascinating, cantankerous, and progressive woman who, in her old age, just wants to disappear...

    Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • All of this and several other swirling ideas make The Disappearance of My Mother a captivating watch for most of its runtime, but unfortunately the bottom gives way as the film tries to wrap up.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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