In a North Dublin housing estate Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns Char is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and unearth the dark secrets of her family.
Starring: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, and Paul Reid
Directed and written by: Kate Dolan
“You Are Not My Mother” or deserve to be one leaving a baby carriage in the middle of nowhere. The film opens with a baby being wheeled away by a woman into the forest, and laid down on the ground. Moments later a fire is set around the baby for some unknown reason. The only thing for certain is that this isn’t what a mother does!
From baby to teenager, times aren’t getting much better Char (Hazel Doupe). She lives with her mother Angela (Carolyn Bracken) and grandmother (Ingrid Craigie), but might be the only adult in the home. Angela isn’t much help to her daughter, and then disappears for a few days. She was distant before, but has now come back with a new strangeness to her. One that Char will have to figure out on top of all her other problems.
Before getting to the terror fans are looking for Char’s life struggles are going to be in the forefront. Obviously it’s tough at home for her with her mom not doing much, and grandmother unable to. It doesn’t get easier when Angela disappears and comes back more odd than ever. Then Char has to go to school where she has more enemies than friends. The audience will get to experience some of the bullying she goes through until she can finally make a friend. A friend who might be able to help her before it’s too late.
Too late because the horrors of her present life and mysterious past are about to come head-to-head. The focus is a lot on her present life, and that almost gets her killed. However, she can’t die before some family secrets have their opportunity to finish her off. More specifically, she will finally have to face her mother, and whatever has gone wrong with her. It’s certainly an end fitting with how this film begins!
"You Are Not My Mother" opens in gloom and doom for a baby, and that feeling never goes away. There aren't many happy things that will happen for Char. There's disfunction at home, and no relief at school. Before the reason for her mother's brief disappearance gets the attention it deserves, the audience will see what she goes through being a little different than others. The focus will be on bullying, and friendship before her family's hauntings secrets come for her. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and am glad she's not my mother!
More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/03/09/you-are-not-my-mother-in-theaters-and-on-demand-march-25/