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Daughter of Mine

Figlia mia

This powerful, Sardinian-set drama details the tug of love between two mothers, one biological and the other adoptive, as they fight over their young daughter.

Dir Laura Bispuri
Prod Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa
Scr Francesca Manieri, Laura Bispuri
With Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Sara Casu
Italy-Germany-Switzerland
2018
96min
Sales The Match Factory
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Vittoria, a 10-year-old growing up in a Sardinian fishing village, comes to learn that family life is not always the picture of perfection. Moreover, parenting can require more than a biological connection between mother and child. She is the object of conflict between two women’s radically different ideas of what constitutes motherhood. Tina (the great Valeria Golino) devotes all her time to Vittoria, whilst the girl’s dissolute biological mother Angelica (the equally superb Alba Rohrwacher, who also starred in director Laura Bispuri’s acclaimed feature debut Sworn Virgin) is a mostly drunk and erratic force of nature. A gripping melodrama, Daughter of Mine is also slyly humorous as it presents a subtly observant and authentically rendered depiction of island life.

Adrian Wootton

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