Mater amatísima (Beloved Mother) (1980) - José Antonio Salgot

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish

Victoria Abril has an early starring role in this domestic drama directed by José Antonio Salgot. She plays older than her real age as a single mother struggling to cope with an autistic child. Bigas Luna gets a credit for the story, and there's a lovely theme by Vangelis. It's a remarkable work which ought to be better known.

Clara’s son Juan is brain damaged at birth leaving him unable to communicate, and the doctors can do nothing but offer a place in an institution. Instead she abandons the father to set up home in a cramped and slovenly modern flat, gradually losing touch with family, work, and everything else but her son. The boy’s birthday was a turning point, his frustration at being unable to blow out the candles on his cake leading to a violent outburst, and the end of any pretence in the family that nothing is wrong.

In this study of alienation and withdrawal images of technology abound, through hospitals, the city, the workplace, right down to Juan’s toy robot. It’s an intense and claustrophobic piece of pure cinema, unlike anything I’ve seen before.



Format : AVI at 1 004 Kbps
Length : 666 MiB for 1h 32mn 41s 400ms

Video #0 : MPEG-4 Visual at 860 Kbps
Aspect : 672 x 528 (1.273) at 25.000 fps

Audio #0 : MPEG Audio at 131 Kbps
Infos : 1 channel, 44.1 KHz

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