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True Mothers

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Naomi Kawase / JP, 2020 / 140 min.

It is the stuff of drama: a man who cannot have children with the woman he loves. Perhaps an adopted child is the answer? In her latest film, acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase tells a tender human story about families, parenthood and hurt feelings.

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A successful young couple in Tokyo is tormented because they are childless. The husband, Kiyokasu, is unable to father a child with his beloved Satoko, even treatment for aspermia fails. Desperate, the two decide to adopt a little boy, Asato. True Mothers was selected for the Cannes Film Festival; Kawase based her story on a novel by the Japanese author Mizuki Tsujimura.

Supporting film

Gaijin Sashimi (Erik Vos, NL 2019, 5’, Japanese spoken, Dutch subtitles)


Persons under 9 years must be accompanied by an adultScenes from this movie may cause fear


Naomi Kawase

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Original title

Asa ga Kuru


140 min.





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still from True Mothers (Naomi Kawase, JP 2020)
still from True Mothers (Naomi Kawase, JP 2020)
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