A childless couple (Arata Iura and Hiromi Nagasaku) who adopt a baby boy only to see the birth mother (Aju Makita) return five years later and demand that they handover her child.
‘Though the story is based on a novel by mystery writer Mizuki Tsujimura, “True Mothers” (“Asa ga Kuru”) is a true Naomi Kawase film: a lush visual reworking of parental angst and despair, offset by frequent interludes of communing with that great healer, Mother Nature. It is… a moving dramatization of maternal feelings… The camerawork is beautiful to look at, whatever it’s shooting: The city exteriors are deeply harmonious while the interiors reflect the quiet orderliness of Japanese family life.’—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
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