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The Finnish documentarist, Joonas Berghäll, keeps the viewer glued to the seat while offering a birds-eye view into the struggles of mothers around the world in his latest film, Äidin toive. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The British poet Robert Browning once said, “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

In Äidin toive (Mother’s Wish), the Finnish documentarist, Joonas Berghäll, succeeds in capturing the gracious love and importance of mothers around the world; their fears, hopes and dreams.

“I found out that the mothers around the world share the same feelings as my mother,” Berghäll said at a press conference.

Äidin toive follows the stories of ten women from different parts of the world.


Picture: Oktober Oy

While the film shines in portraying the universal bond of affection, it excels in character selection: an US astronaut (Karen L. Nyberg) communicates with her son from space, while a Mexican mother (Nallely Castello) struggles to keep her son happy while working nights in a strip club.

The camerawork adds a flare of spirituality between the scenes, a moment to reflect, while displaying breathtaking aerial shots filmed over the green fields of Great Britain and Nepal.

Berghäll’s previous documentary Miesten vuoro (2010) concentrated on the trouble and difficulties of men – dads, singles, old and young; intriguing dialogues and stories were shared in the steam of sauna as if it was the last absolution.

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In Äidin toive, the emotion is transmitted through action. Through scenes, which may make the viewer cry.

But that is just life.

The mothers surely agree.

Äidin toive premieres in theatres on Friday October 16.


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