In this film by French director Hafsia Herzi, Nora is a woman in her 50s who works tirelessly to provide for her loved ones. Family is sacred to her, so rather than complaining about her fate, she just changes her work clothes as she goes from cleaning planes at the airport to her evening job caring for an elderly woman. And coming home to the poor northern part of Marseille isn’t the end of her problems. She worries about her eldest son Ellyes, who’s in custody awaiting trial for a crime he committed. She gets little support from her other children, who don’t have much interest in improving the difficult family situation. Nora's hope for a better tomorrow is mixed with uncertainty, although she goes to great lengths to be the best mother she can be. Herzi's film, an award-winner at the Cannes Film Festival, is a moving story about motherhood seen as unconditional devotion and prioritizing the needs of loved ones over one's own. The strength of Good Mother is its sensitive realism, both in its clear look at reality and in the richness of its characters. The performances are excellent, which is not surprising, since Herzi, directing her second feature film, has a lot of acting experience herself.
Halima Benhamed, Denise Giullo, Mourad Tahar Boussatha, Sabrina Benhamed, Malik Bouchenaf