Mamma Gógó

I picked Mamma Gógó because it is from Iceland, but didn’t really know what I would be getting myself into. The film opens with a director introducing his film Children of Nature (which turns out to be a real film, by the director of this film). This film within the film is about old people, and it doesn’t get very big audiences, putting the largely self-funding director into financial difficulties. Meanwhile the director’s mother (the title character) starts exhibiting signs of absent mindedness.

On the positive side, the acting is quite good, especially by the actress playing the mother, and the subject matter (Alzheimer’s) is quite important. My main complaint would be that the film sometimes seems to want to be a comedy, and those parts fell flat for me. Overall I’ll give it  out of .

The film was preceded by a short documentary called Sunday’s Best, about the tradition of African-American women wearing hats to church. It was good, especially considering the subject matter is not something I am particularly interested in.

Seen on 3/2/2011 at Cinequest.

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