Satoko and Kiyokazu struggle to come to terms with the news of their infertility, trying various treatments to conceive. Eventually, through an adoption agency, they welcome a baby boy into their lives, fulfilling their ideal of a family. But as the couple navigate the challenges of parenthood, they are met with a bombshell: a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother demands for him to be returned to her.
Naomi Kawase brings to life the big-screen adaptation of the 2015 novel of the same name by Mizuki Tsujimura. Told through multiple perspectives, True Mothers is an emotionally sincere dive into the fears and morality of adoption, reiterating that family is not limited by biological connection.
29 Nov 2020, Sunday, 9:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7
02 Dec 2020, Wednesday, 6:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 3
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Naomi Kawase is a staple name of Japanese cinema and a regular of the film festival circuit. She was the focus of a special programme at the 27th SGIFF. Kawase’s films often navigate harsh realities, intertwining them with the spirituality of physical landscape. Her 2007 film The Mourning Forest won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
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