Solving My Mother
Director: Ieva Ozolina
Producer: Madara Melberga
Cinematography : Marcis Slavinskis

Raitis Ozols is a computer programmer, mathematician and occasional magician. In his private life, however, things seldom work out with much mathematical precision. His relationship with his mother Silvija is particularly complicated. He discusses his inexplicable fear of his mother with his therapist, who would prefer for Raitis to look for a wife and organize his overflowing apartment. But when Raitis reports Silvija to the police for emotional blackmail, bringing some order into his adult life becomes all the more difficult. The camera, recording as an omnipresent, invisible presence, exposes these crippled relations in long drawnout scenes. We witness Raitis's painful attempts to get closer to women and an awkward direct confrontation with his father, as well as a tragic attempt at celebrating Easter with his mother, brother and grandfather. The ease with which he can do complex sums in his head contrasts starkly with the difficulties Raitis experiences in his relationships. The extremely intimate footage becomes ever more excruciating, as it almost heartlessly exposes how a motherson relationship that was destructive to start with deteriorates even further.

IDFA Special
Jury Award for
First Appearance
idfa 2017
World premiere at IDFA 
november 16, 2017
104 MIN