Mother of Mine (2005) -
During WWII about 70,000 children from Finland are
said to have been sent to neutral Sweden to avoid the
ramifications of the war.
This is a story about one young boy who was part of
this exodus for a time. The family he is sent to live with
in Sweden as the story goes involve a nice Swedish man
who always has sensible enough ideas about how to
deal with matters as they arise, and his wife, who is
terribly portrayed an a sometimes cruelly thinking
woman with irrationality in her judgment and
harshness in her expressions at times.
A particular scene of note is when she pulls her father
away from the dinner table before it appeared he was
finished eating his food.
The woman portrayed in the movie as the adopted
mother for a time comes from a stock that is known
for its capacity for effusive loving and caring
capacities to give human warmth.
But for this spirit to thrive and weather the storms,
mitigation must be employed against the ravages of
the earth as the nicest people are always the targets
of those who would do evil in our world so many have
suffered too greatly over time to have remained
true to their original spirit at all times.
As new generations form, care must be taken to
prevent harm coming to the best possible human spirit
development in all ways possible, and this spirit must
be nurtured and protected with all the means at our
disposal as good people.
The character played by the woman who is the adopted
Swedish mother in the movie still displays the capacity
to somewhat make up for wrongs in her own way.
Despite having been cruel from some perspective to the
little boy at first at some point she presents him with
a bicycle hoping to heal his spirit I suppose.
I sort of doubted at some point that the movie would
actually be made by a Swedish group rather than say
those that claim the Finnish children weren't always
given the best treatment. In this respect I find the
IMDB listing appears to indicate this a a movie from
Finland instead - although it is in the Swedish language
and perhaps filmed in Sweden too.
Not to paint with a broad brush, the transgressions of
a single woman played in the movie should hardly take
away from what we know of the great humanly warm
spirit of Sweden - long may it continue to exist. amen
Michael Rizzo Chessman