What makes someone a good mother?
What makes someone a good mother? After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle to search for her identity.
Clare Weiskopf, the director of this film, was 11 years old at the time and couldn’t understand what her mother was looking for. Thirty years later, when she becomes pregnant, she decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past and try to define motherhood on her own terms. She visits Val in her heavenly habitat in the Amazon region of Colombia and films her weaving bracelets in her timber hut, driving her moped to the market and cooking fish on a wood-burning stove.
Why did Val hit the road when her two children needed her so badly? This is a fascinating tug of war between freedom and responsibility – with all the guilt and sacrifice they entail. Should you follow the accepted course, act selflessly and devote yourself to your children, or is your own life the most important in the end?
Filmmaker Clare Weiskopf gives us an honest portrait of the decisions that have defined the course of her mother's life.— Astrid Meseguer · La Vanguardia
It is this honest nakedness of intent that allows us to emotionally commit to the film, and follow it through to the end.— Samuel Castro · El Colombiano
A remarkable film that tries to show in all its facets the destiny of a person, with all the extraordinary and debatable that it has.— Felipe González · El espectador
The director makes judicious use of old family photos and voice-over along with some strong nature photography that anchors the documentary in terms of place.— Amber Wilkinson · Eye for Film