The director takes her mother Karin Broos, a famous Swedish painter, on a seaside trip to Latvia, hoping to close the silent gap between them.  Out of this experience came an intimate and poetic film exploring the innermost rooms of the human mind and the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. 
The younger and the aging woman mirroring each other's experiences – the will to live, and lack thereof. In a meditation on life and art, health and illness, secrets and shame, serenity and nightmare. A cinematic catharsis through evocations of daily life, dreams, archival material, diary notes, the mother’s paintings and captivating footage. A glimpse into the unconventional world of an artistic family in the countryside of Nordic Europe, set to a soundtrack that totally draws you into the story.

  • sara Broos
  • Sara Broos
  • Karin Broos
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    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2016
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    170,000 EUR
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  • Gothenburg Int Film Festival
    February 3, 2016
    In Competition Documentary Dragon Award
  • Krakow Film Festival in competition
    June 3, 2016
  • Dok Leipzig
    November 2, 2016
  • Nordic Panorama Malmö in competition
    September 12, 2016
Distribution Information
  • First Hand Films
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - sara Broos

Sara Broos, Swedish director and producer based in Sunne Sweden and Berlin. She makes author-driven personal films and runs the production company Broos Film.
She has directed and produced short films, video installations and documentaries. She has received several awards as a filmmaker and her first feature length documentary, For You Naked (2012) received The Dragon Award at Gothenburg Film Festival and Best Nordic Documentary at Nordic Docs in Norway. Her latest film Reflections (2016) a mother daughter relation has been shown in competition at Gothenburg Film Festival, Tempo Documentary Festival and Krakow Film Festival.

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Director Statement

I brought my mother to a Spa Resort in Latvia for her 60th birthday. It was our first trip together alone. This would be the time when we would get closer and open up to each other. Everything was arranged to that; the place was lovely, there was time. But a forced silence arised and nothing was said. Instead we escaped into our own worlds. My mother, who is an artist, was looking for motives for new paintings. After the trip I decided to make a film about our relationship, to try to get closer to her. The result is a poetic and personal journey about memories, dreams, the subconsious, the sorrows, shame, ageing, self – hatred. Fragments of life. The attempt to hold on to something, while everything is in constant change.