DIRECTED BY Anna Muylaert

Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: Portuguese with English subtitles
Original Title: MÃE SÓ HÁ UMA

Running Time: 82min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Film

Following her 2015 global hit The Second Mother, Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert continues her exploration of the mysteries of the maternal with Don’t Call Me Son. As she did in her previous film, Muylaert contrasts two very different mothers. There is Arcay, the working-class single parent to teenage Pierre and his younger sister; and the affluent Gloria, who has searched many years for Felipe, her first-born son who was stolen from her shortly after his birth. In a head-spinning turn of events, Aracy is arrested as the long-ago baby snatcher, and Pierre is abruptly transferred by the law into Gloria’s care.  Muylaert casts the same actress, Daniela Nefussi, as both Arcay and Gloria , as a means of allowing us to, in a sense, identify with two distinct sides of the same woman, to think of the characters not as adversaries but, rather, as destinies dictated by circumstance. Meanwhile Pierre/Felipe struggles with identifying his “true” mother—is it the woman who nurtured and loved him all his life, or the one who gave birth to him? There is, of course, no simple answer. Family is a matter of blood and choice, as Muylaert so convincingly—and movingly—argues.  – Jaie Laplante


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Director: Anna Muylaert
Producer: Sara Silveira, Maria Ionescu, Anna Muylaert
Screenwriter: Anna Muylaert

Music: Berna Ceppas
Cinematographer: Barbara Alvarez
Editor: Helio Vilela

Cast: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefusi, Matheus Nachtergaele, Lais Dias, Luciana Paes, Helena Albergata

Anna Muylaert

Anna Muylaert is from São Paulo. She has written and directed five features, including The Second Mother (15), which won awards in both Sundance and Berlin and represented Brazil for the Academy Awards. Additionally, she has written screenplays for other directors, including The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (06), and has worked extensively in television.