Skip to main content

MOTHER'S HOUSE

Norway, 1974 (MIFF 1976)

Director: Per Blom

Petter, who is in his early twenties, has left university in Oslo and broken off his engagement. He is returning home to the small town where he grew up to spend Christmas with his mother, who is a widow. On the train he meets a school-teacher, Eva, and they are strongly attracted to each other. When he arrives home, his mother greets him warmly; they exchange presents and dance together on Christmas Eve. But she becomes jealous of his relationship with Eva, and determines to have him entirely for herself. Slowly, she draws him into a difficult and strange relationship.

'The sexual tension is underlined by the bleak, winter setting, a contrasting, highly lyrical score ad he complete lack of dialogue in he early section of the movie, and the rather dominating use of close-ups.'

Brian Baxter, Film

See also...

Bawke

Crossing illegally into Norway, a father risks everything to secure a better future for his son. An engaging and powerful drama set in cold and desperate times. Received 2006 Clermont-Ferrand ... More »

THE LIVERPOOL GOALIE

A Scandinavian coming-of-age comedy about the hardest lesson of high school - learning to take a risk. ... Twelve-year-old Jo is terrified of all the usual stuff: bullies, soccer practice, girls ... More »

Children at War

Following an introductory sequence showing children from different countries playing war games, we are shown stills of children in real wars. The film focuses on the war experiences of three children ... More »

The Rebellious Alphabet

Warning: This film may enchant you. It is about an evil little general who can neither read nor write; it s also about an old man who discovers a new form of table-top publishing and about the ... More »

One Day A Man Bought A House

One day a man bought a house in the city of Kampen. But someone was already living there... ... More »

The Triumph of Love

A poetic documentary to music (no commentary) on Norwegian tapestry artist Torvald Moseid's embroidered frieze "Orpheus", which was exhibited at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director