Directed by Claude Miller (A Secret and La Petite Lili) and his son Nathan Miller, I'M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE explores childhood trauma and its dire consequences on adult life. Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother. After years of searching Thomas finds her single, with a small child, living in a nearby suburb. Traumatized by years of emptiness and longing for his mother, he starts an ambiguous relationship with her (part courtship, part obsession) which slowly drives him to an act of madness.
- Nathan Miller, Claude Miller
- Run Time
- 1 hour 30 minutes
Miller gets points for using a bit of narrative sketchiness to good effect...Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, 09.01.2011
The narrative easily goes back and forth in time; despite its Oedipal subtext, it avoids exploitation. Stellar performances by Rottiers and Cattani help keep the movie on track.V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 09.01.2011
Sophie Cattani as Julie takes us with her over several borders, and Vincent Rottiers as the latter-day Thomas is complete in his inchoate anger at fate.Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 06.19.2013
One of the film's strengths is its detached, even-handed view of someone whose turbulence and fits of rage are ultimately inexplicable, as is often the case in real life.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 09.01.2011