True Mothers



Date: September 17, 2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Price: $7/each

2020 (Not Rated) 140 min. Japan/subtitles
Director: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata luna, Aju Makita


After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.

“TRUE MOTHERS covers an impressive amount of narrative ground, morphing from social issue film to domestic drama, romantic melodrama, violent urban thriller and at last a quiet reflection of cathartic confrontation.” – Nicholas Bell, ION CINEMA

“Naomi Kawase’s best film in years, TRUE MOTHERS is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion.”

“TRUE MOTHERS is one of Naomi Kawase’s best films to date, a thoughtful drama about the shame associated with unconventional motherhood.”
– Alex Heeney, SEVENTH ROW

“The film shimmers with beauty and sadness…TRUE MOTHERS wows in the end with an emotional banger of an ending that’s a truly devastating convergence of all the film’s threads. Kawase ties everything together beautifully…” – Ryan Lattanzio, INDIEWIRE

“TRUE MOTHERS is a thoughtful, delicate film that approaches a difficult subject matter with beautiful cinematography, realistic and realized characters, and a balanced approach to the story telling that will leave you speechless. Watch it.” – WATCH OR PASS

“TRUE MOTHERS (ASA GA KURU) is a true Naomi Kawase film: a lush visual reworking of parental angst and despair, offset by frequent interludes of communing with that great healer, Mother Nature.” – Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“TRUE MOTHERS depicts a suitably complex tale of motherhood from multiple perspectives, punctuated by masterful dramatic performances and non-linear editing choices that maintain a suspenseful pace that will evoke tears, but leave audiences with a lot to think about, and a lot to discuss.” – Andrew Shearer, ATHENS BANNER-HERALD