For her first film, stage actress and performer Adel­heid Roosen stayed close to home. With Mum, she shot a deeply inti­mate portrait of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The illness has destroyed her stern, formal person­ality. It made the mother Roosen used to know disap­pear and instead the girl and child inside emerged. In a series of static tableaux — all shot in the nursing home — the daugh­ters, sister and son-in-law enter into their moth­er’s emotional world. Painting with her sister at a desk, sitting in bath with her eldest daughter and eating choco­lates in bed with her son-in-law. Roosen cuddles up to the babbling, vulner­able woman, dressed in the same Alzheimer uniform’ of a bra, tights and incon­ti­nence diaper. With Mam, Roosen expressly wants to break out of the cliché. Her choices may be confronting, her affec­tionate approach is beyond dispute.

Credits

Set geluid
Geluidsnabewerking
Production company
Stichting Female Economy
Distributor NL
Stichting Female Economy

Title: Mam
Year: 2009
Duration : 20 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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