Different Mothers

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Marius Cordoş, Gavril Patru

  • Length

    83 min

  • Release Date

    at IPIFF5 on 03.07.2010

Synopsis Different Mothers

“Different Mothers” is based on a true story that happened to polish movie director Krysztof Kieslowski during the filming of “Station” (1981) in which some of his footage was nearly used as evidence in a criminal case.

Kieslowski later said that he abandoned documentary film making due, in part, to this incident and he realized that fiction films not only allowed more artistic freedom, but could portray everyday life truthfully.


Inspired by this incident, in the film “Different Mothers”, five young men go to a “Station” to film a documentary about “people waiting”. Deciding to finish everything in one day, they stay till late in the night.

As time passes by each of the characters is influenced, in a different way, by the events in the station and the accumulated fatigue.

The movie unveils stories, told by the characters, in which the mother’s attitude towards them in childhood had a deep impact over each character’s personal life.

This is happening the same way in real life and becomes a subject of thought regarding the relationship between parents and children and not only that, also putting the viewers in a spot where they can discover events in their own lives or heard about from others.

The “Station” grows to the dimensions of a huge life crossroad, point of going and coming, waiting for something or somebody, coming into being the feelings of waiting, loneliness…

A leitmotif through out the movie dialogue is sentences like “Arrival of a Train at a Station” (Lumiere) 1895 and “about people waiting “(Kieslowski).

The movie has 10 (ten) sequences, the last one depicting a tragic event, similar to the happenings in 1981 documentary “Station”, but with a different impact.

 Our movie wants to show the relationship between the movie maker and the filmed reality, thus creating the illusion of control.

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