Don't Call Me Son
Don't Call Me Son

Pierre is like any rebellious 17-year-old, he's in a band, sleeps around and parties with friends. He also secretly wears women's clothing. Raised in a single parent household, his world falls apart overnight when his mother is arrested for stealing him from a hospital as a baby. Suddenly ripped from the family he knows, separated from his sister, he's thrown into a high-class world with his biological parents, desperate to make up for missed time with their long-lost son. While his new younger brother observes him from a cautious distance, his new parents are desperate to mould him into the version of a son they'd imagined for 17 years – and they don't like what they see.

Director Anna Muylaert won the Berlinale Panorama Audience Award in 2015 for The Second Mother. Here she investigates the mother-son bond through the eyes of a young man whose identity is still in flux, and who refuses to be boxed in. This film won the Jury Prize at the Teddy Awards at the Berlin Film Festival.

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"A poignant and energetic Brazilian drama. A warmhearted study of genetics, gender and the true meaning of home." – The Hollywood Reporter

"A fascinating, sympathetic portrait of a lost boy abruptly thrown to the wolves." – New York Times

"Indicates a filmmaker of remarkable range, subtlety and intelligence - a Brazilian talent who's deservedly gaining a place on the world stage." –

"Daniela Nefussi ... embodies the true conceptual anchor of Don't Call Me Son to perfection." – The House Next Door

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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 82 mins
Year: 2016
Director: Anna Muylaert
Producer: Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Anna Muylaert
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Cast: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefussi
Company Credits: World Sales: Loco Films
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