True Mothers

Japanese drama by Naomi Kawase (An) about a couple whose happy family life is disrupted when the biological mother of their adopted son starts extorting them.

Please note that this film is in Japanese, with Dutch subtitles.
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A Tokyo couple undergoing treatment for aspermia and their consequent infertility live a settled, ordinary life. One day, they come across a TV program advertising Baby Baton, a not-for-profit association intended to match couples who cannot procreate with mothers who do not want to raise, or cannot raise, their natural children. As they watch, the couple realize adoption could be a perfect alternative to their painful and frustrating treatment.

And so Asato, an innocent child born of pure adolescent love, is delivered into the wealthy, orderly life of his adoptive parents. Six years later, his young mother comes looking for him, having grown out of the petty, narrow-minded world she lived in when she gave birth as a teenager.

TRUE MOTHERS revolves around two strong central characters: Satoko, the middle-class adoptive mother, and Hikari, the desperate young woman who doesn’t want to be erased from her child’s life. Kawase’s film offers a new perspective on the notion of adoption, weaving different timelines, narrative threads, and genres – from moral drama to teenage romance, social exposé, and even thriller – into a touching, sometimes unsettling, emotionally intense cinematic experience. (source:

Naomi Kawase, Japan, 2020, 140 min. Japanese spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada.
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