Incisive drama about an astronaut and mother grappling with her commitment to her daughter as she undergoes gruelling physical training for a one-year stint in space.

Please note that this film is in French, English, Russian and German, with Dutch subtitles.
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In Alice Winocour’s transporting drama PROXIMA, Sarah is an astronaut and a mother, a far more common combination in real life than it is in the movies. She trains for her first space mission as she navigates the frustrations of shared parenting with her ex-husband. Attentive both to the fascinating, high-stakes detail of how an astronaut prepares and the more mundane demands of motherhood, Winocour reveals a woman responding to escalating and competing stresses.
As the French member – and the only mother – on an international crew, Sarah balances the taxing physical training required for a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station with her daughter Stella’s routine of meals and bedtimes. Sarah’s powerful, protective love for Stella, only seven, sometimes pulls at her commitment to her profession. Her male colleagues include an old-school Russian and a veteran American space cowboy, both seemingly untroubled by their own family responsibilities. As the lift-off date approaches, Sarah must travel to the launch site and go into quarantine – away from her daughter, who is struggling with her mother’s conflicting priorities.

Alice Winocour, France, Germany, 2019, 107 min. French, English, Russian & German spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon, Aleksey Fateev, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Hüller ​.