Criticism of the film "Mother and Son"; Unsuccessful attempt to preserve the foundation of the family (Cannes Film Festival 2022)
" Mother and Son, known in French as" a little brother ", is the latest creation Leonor Israel is a 36-year-old French director. Having previously won the 2017 Cannes Golden Camera Award for her first film, The Young Woman, she has once again entered the Cannes main competition.
As can be seen from the title of the film He found out that the film's story is about a mother migrating with her two sons from Cte d'Ivoire to Paris in the late 1980s. They have optimistically entered the country to change their lives, and the mother is trying to change the situation by finding work in the hotel as a maid, but the main question is whether she succeeds or that motherhood has imposed an identity that she Can't handle it?
Critics Scoreboard Cannes film Festival 2022
The film, which tells three scenes and tells the story of a suffering family of 20 years, has been well received by critics. "Mother and Son" received a score of 73 out of 100 out of 5 reviews published on the Metacritic website, while the film received a score of 70 out of 100 out of 10 votes published on the website of Ratan Tomitoz, which shows that the film was shown in Cannes. It has met with public acclaim. Critics have praised the efforts of photographer Helen Lorat and Annabel Langron in the role of mother, a mother who, far from the perpetual stereotypes of a character who is always self-sacrificing, tries to fight for survival as a character with all her flaws, but sometimes she finds herself in He puts the first priority and Farzandash is forgotten.
ScreenDale - Wendy AidThe three-act family epic "Mother and Son" tells the story of the arrival of the character Rose (played by Annabel Langron) and her two sons from C te d'Ivoire to Paris in the late 1980s with a two-decade story. A sporadic narrative by the youngest boy, who has now reached adulthood, and whose name is Ernest, is intertwined with the three chapters of the film, which are defined from the point of view of each of the three characters, with a surprisingly stubbornly charismatic rose. Begins. As soon as the focus shifts from her to her sons Jean and Ernest, Rose's absence is intensely felt, and it is in the first season that the rebellious spirit of the director's first acclaimed film The Young Woman is most evident. Yet "Mother and Son", although losing some of its energy as it unfolds, is still a complex and emotional study of the changing tensions of an immigrant family, and if Langrun sometimes upsets the film, it's mostly This is because the quality of his stardom is clearly visible in every frame of the film that appears.
Leonor Israel Director of" Mother and Son "
With its many perspectives and long duration, this film is a step forward for Leonor Israel's ambition. But it does not match that propulsive spark, like the fireworks of the first film. But the film is still quality and beautifully shot by Helen Laurent, and will probably be a good choice for art distributors, especially those focused on women-directed and female-directed stories. p>
Variety - Guy Lodge
A person who has lived in only one country all his life, He cannot fully comprehend the inherent and strange disintegration of immigration as a family. For some time, parents and children have been united and confused in their wanderings. Adult authority has no effect at the moment because all family members are confused and have blindly made their way to new cultures, geographies and social circles. Eventually everyone finds their place and the traditional patterns return to normal, and the enduring family continues as usual unless that happens, as portrayed in Leonor Israel's second but tragic but tragic film, a senseless portrait. Heartbreakingly and patiently from a stubborn single mother and her two vulnerable sons living in France, this film shows how the experience of immigration can either strengthen the bond between parent and child or break it forever.
Israel's second film retains the feminist quality of her first acclaimed film, The Young Woman, a heroine who is not idealized but whose social perspective is broader. The Israeli script incorporates that implicit socio-economic interpretation on a national scale, albeit with Frost avoids outright symbols in its obvious characters.
The actors of "Mother and Son" along with the director of this film
The mother character in this film is not portrayed as a devoted and honorable figure, but as a restless, witty person. And is portrayed in an incredibly normal and incomplete way to match that of the protagonist of Israel's first film. A witty and kind parent, he does not hesitate to prioritize himself from time to time, especially when it comes to his natural desires.
It works warmth, with Helen Levard's lovely, vivid imagery that never lets the multiple beauties of rusty and changing faces get in the way, and there may be no trivial or shocking images in the film other than a set of jar-filled containers And the rice that the mother pulls out of the purse and gives to the cold-blooded child as a way to peace. A taste of home, though perhaps no longer as it used to be.
Guardian - Peter Bradshaw
Here we are dealing with a kind of film about painful and complicated puberty, or perhaps a reflection on puberty as something that never really happens. The film explores the imaginary line that separates childhood and adulthood from experience and innocence and the present and the past. He can see these now, but he could not then. He and his brother experienced the most difficult educational conditions with him, as immigrants from C te d'Ivoire in 1990 in France. It is a story that ends with a mother and son meeting as two adults, although the two may never see each other this way. You can never decide if this is an adult moment for forgiveness, or if the accusation or the heavy burden of silence imposed by love has finally opened.
Rose is a woman who came to Paris with her two sons to live. And they live in the cramped apartment of a relative, but from the very beginning Rose, with her sarcastic behavior and with her ingratitude and princely character, resents a seemingly good but complacent man who miraculously seduces him and his two sons. She agrees, but Rose makes an appointment with white men she sees at work. One of them is Thierry, a mature and considerate man who takes Rose to her sons to live with them in Rwanda. But from the beginning, this family has broken up; Thierry has been out of the house for a long time, and Rose also works in Paris. To provide or to rebel against this whole idea. His sons are still wondering how they might get along, what place there is for them, especially when Rose's condition is so unknown. Has Rose put them to work or disappointed them, or has he done his best as a disabled person who has at least portrayed himself as someone who wants to be saved?
When they are children , Rose tells them not to cry or they should just cry in their minds but they think Rose is wrong. But is disclosing emotions something that only affluent middle-class French can do? The film traces the existence of Ernst and Jean as they discuss similar problems. This parallel struggle continues and the unwavering courage of all three is shocking.
The Hollywood Reporter - Luia Giarque
Leonor Israel's "Mother and son" have shocking blows, but are struggling to make an emotional impact. The adventures of a mother and her son traveling to C te d'Ivoire from France do not show the usual signs of other projects, with most white directors trying to "feed white people" but the film succumbs to some unpleasant stereotypes.
Excellent performance In the role of mother, Langrun refreshes a character who could easily have become a sad person. Langrun's approach is in the movements it has and executes with a timeline that does not go through the seam. "Mother and son" is about family, about what it means to be a mother, to be a child, but on the other hand it is about inevitable migration and the tension between the definitions we make of immigration and the things that are reflected on us. This kind of search for the identities that are imposed on us, even if they do not suit us, required more power and interest than what "Mother and son" ultimately gives us.