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Ice Mother

  • Directed by Bohdan Sláma
  • Czech Republic/France/Slovakia, 2017, 106 mins. , Czech

Sláma’s charming, romantic drama centers on themes of familial conflict and the possibility of rebirth at any age. After her husband’s death, Hana lives alone and lonely in the family house and selflessly caters to her children. Save for weekly visits from her two adult sons and their families—dinners often marred by petty quarreling—and babysitting, she doesn’t have much to look forward to, and nothing ever changes. Until one day, while out on a walk, she rescues Brona, a genial ice swimmer, from drowning. The unexpected encounter introduces her to a quirky group of winter swimmers and a world where she is allowed to reinvent herself despite her children’s disapproval. European Film Award Best Film nominee. (106 mins.) In Czech with English subtitles.

Filmography: Four Suns (2012), The Country Teacher (2008), Something Like Happiness (2005), The Wild Bees (2001)

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Screen Daily

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance