|Supplier||Raven West Films|
|Festivals/Awards||Women in Film& Television Artistic Merit Award - Vancouver International Film Festival 2008|
In theatres on May 8, 2009
With Mothers & Daughters, Bessai has created a film that is entirely fresh yet openly referential to iconic filmmakers and movements: Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, Mike Leigh and the Dogme95 set can all be sensed.
The keen performers deliver inspired moments from across the entire spectrum of emotions. A dinner party scene, during which Micki's friends debate the merits of her work, is a standout. It is a testament to ringleader Bessai and his onscreen team that Mothers & Daughters emerges as such a delightful work. Bessai has worked in collaboration with his actors, but while films created in this model often devolve into a series of performance exercises, here the filmmaker and cast remain disciplined, ensuring that each scene serves the complex web of stories. Never descending to the maudlin, the actors pay tribute to the intricacies of these relationships while simultaneously celebrating the art of performance itself. The result is a trenchant exploration of several different facets of the mother-daughter connection - the way buttons are pushed, the way bonds are rebuilt - with clarity and quite a lot of courage.
Women in Film& Television Artistic Merit Award - Vancouver International Film Festival 2008
“'Mothers & Daughters' an uneven union” - Sun Media