›› Mother Knows Best - Mamma Vet Bäst ‹‹

a short film by Mikael Bundsen.

2016 | 13 mins | Sweden.

the turning point in a mother and son relationship.

Dave says:

Written and directed by Mikael Bundsen, this wondrous short film is yet another variant on the coming out theme, only in a way that takes you completely by surprise.

Given and apart from separated parents, it would appear that all is well within the newfound family unit, as a mother, wonderfully played by Hanna Ullerstam, drops off her son's boyfriend, cue Karl-Erik Franzén in the role, before returning home with her son, as played by Alexander Gustavsson. At first glance, she could not be more welcoming, seemingly completely at ease with not only her son's sexuality, but the goodbye kisses in the backseat between the two young men. Only scratch below the surface and is a homophobe to be found?

For that's the dominating question here, as the conversation between mother and son thereafter turns from the open arms of sexual acceptance, to words of advice that threaten to completely change their relationship, as we find a mother all too eager to try to persuade her son not to be open with his sexuality and in particular in the direction of his father. Only here her bigoted words spectacularly backfire as she's soon to learn a series of bitter home truths, including the fact that her son has been out to his father for years, only for her to have just recently learned of the true nature of his sexuality. It's a draw-dropping moment that causes her to question as to why her son feels more sexually at ease with his father, than with her and of a son confronted with the fact that his mother had long suspected that he's gay, but didn't do or say anything about it.

In short, this is a work all about the turning point in a mother and son relationship and how you just know, that things between them will never be the same again. Deeply poignant and beautifully played.

›› available as part of the Peccadillo Pictures shorts compilation BOYS ON FILM #18 - Heros.
›› posted: Saturday, 31st July, 2021.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - none. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

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