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.
"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." – RogerEbert.com
"Daniela Nefussi ... embodies the true conceptual anchor of Don't Call Me Son to perfection." – The House Next Door
Screens with short film: Filip