FFF: Good Mother

Dir: Hafsia Herzi
Cast: Halima Benhamad, Sabrina Benhamad, Denise Giullo, Jawed Hamachi Herzi, Mourad Tahar Boussatha
99mins   2021   France   15   French    Subtitled    F-Rated

Part of the French Film Festival

An instantly involving portrait of a fifty-something woman in contemporary Marseille diligently holding together several generations, Good Mother establishes actor turned writer/director Hafsia Herzi as a significant French filmmaker.

Nora, a cleaning lady in her fifties, looks after her family in a housing estate in the northern part of Marseille. She is worried about her grandson Ellyes, who has been in prison for several months for robbery and is awaiting his trial with a mixture of hope and anxiety. Nora does everything she can to make this wait as painless as possible.

Herzi is best known for her debut role in the award-winning Franco-Tunisian feature The Secret of the Grain for which she won the award for most promising actress at the 2008 César Awards.


Thu 9 December