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The Disappearance of My Mother (2019)



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Benedetta wants to disappear. As iconic fashion model in the 1960's, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970's, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she became fed up with all the roles that life imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to an unknown place as far as possible from this world. Hiding behind the camera, her son Beniamino witnesses her journey. Having filmed her since he was a kid in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible - or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta - the image of her liberation.


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[T]he film reveals its truest self as a cinematic act of negotiation, acceptance and farewell between mother and son.

December 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Benedetta Barzini may want to disappear, but her son will not let her.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] mesmerizing, tender, painful documentary...

December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Disappearance of My Mother" is a successful piece of documentary filmmaking inasmuch as it's entertaining and dextrously crafted. But its precise intent is unclear.

February 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[An] affectionate, often uncomfortably intimate feature-length debut...

January 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It's filled with melancholy, delicacy, and captivation. There is a fine layer of philosophical and genuine intricacy that makes The Disappearance of My Mother a well-crafted tale of vulnerability.

January 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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