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Daughter of Mine(Figlia mia)

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Italy, Germany, Switzerland
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2018

1h 40m

Director Laura Bispuri
Starring Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu, Udo Kier
Genre Drama
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A 10-year-old girl living in a Sardinian village has no idea that her loving mother and the free-spirited Angelica are connected by a secret. The girl's mother seems anxious about her daughter getting to know Angelica. The story of a daughter torn between two mothers, one who raised her with love and her biological mother, who instinctively claims her back.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

While some of Bispuri’s scripting can be a bit too pointed for a story that traffics in such elemental textures (a brief flashback scene is particularly ill-advised), the film renders each of Vittoria’s mothers with such riveting and unvarnished empathy that you hardly even notice how their daughter is growing up before your eyes, stronger than the both of them.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

The tense triangle among the girl and her two moms unfolds against an interesting backdrop: a stark setting in rural Sardinia, where tall cliffs and dirt roads criss-cross a shrub-infested desert. Its general wildness is underlined in the first scene at a local bronco-busting rodeo.
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Variety by Jessica Kiang

Even when it trips up in its later stages, Daughter of Mine is a noble rarity, passionately involved in the exploration of oppositional ideas of motherhood not just as an abstract concept, but as a real and vivid, painfully sacrificial thing.
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CineVue by Patrick Gamble

A bold and colourful, but by no means superficial portrait of femininity, Daughter of Mine successfully embodies a set of ideas – and anxieties – about motherhood that eloquently reflect a contemporary need to reevaluate the traditional family unit.

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