My Mother's Early Lovers
A young woman explores her mother's past and uncovers a secret at the heart of her family's history. Based on an autobiographical memoir, the film suggests that the truth--no matter how painful--provides a path to redemption.
My film is based on a real diary that co-writer Sybil Smith found. It was written by her mother, before she was a mother, when she was a very young woman. What attracted me to this story was that it addresses the fascinating question of every child's origin. How do families come to be? The thought of family dynasties resting on a chance encounter some distant time in the past makes my mind reel. We are taught that we determine our own destiny, and yet we have no control over the past events that brought us to life, that shaped our personality. For better or worse we are stuck with our families. And those family ties are some of the strongest we will every have. I wanted to make a film that illustrates the complexity of family dynamics and the inexplicable link between love and violence. I wanted to look honestly and realistically at the human journey, showing its path of humor, sorrow, anger, pain, love and daily routine.
“Its a wonderful film...subtle, thoughtful, funny...”
National Public Radio
“As for sheer sex appeal--when George Woodard and Rusty Dewees appear on screen, they make Brad Pitt just a blow-dry memory.”
Herald of Randolph
“A family drama of unusual quality” Burlington Free Press
“A potent drama...profoundly touching...one of the year’s best films...”
• 1st Prize, Jury Award, Film Fest New Haven
• Audience Award, Maine Int'l Film Festival
• Best Independent Film, Ajijic Int'l Film Festival (Mexico)
• Finalist, Austin Film Festival
Other festivals include:
Method Fest Film Festival, Sonoma Valley Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and Slamdunk.
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103 Minutes, 35mm, Color and B/W (1998)
Produced, directed, co-written and edited by Nora Jacobson, based on a story by Sybil Smith.
Executive Producers: Bill and Jane Stetson