I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

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I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive
Directed by Claude Miller
Nathan Miller
Produced by Jean-Louis Livi
Jacques Audiard
Alain Vannier
Screenplay by Claude Miller
Nathan Miller
Emmanuel Carrère
Alain Le Henry
Starring Vincent Rottiers
Sophie Cattani
Christine Citti
CinematographyAurélien Devaux
Edited byMorgane Spacagna
France 3 Cinéma
F Comme Film
Orly Films
Page 114
Distributed by Metropolitan Filmexport
Release date
  • 30 September 2009 (2009-09-30)
Running time
91 minutes
Budget$4.3 million
Box office$385.000 [1]

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (French : Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante) is a 2009 French film directed by Claude Miller and Nathan Miller.

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

Claude Miller French film director, producer and screenwriter

Claude Miller was a French film director, producer and screenwriter.



Thomas, an adopted teenager and uncomfortable, goes in search of his past to understand why his mother abandoned him and his brother when he was 4 years old. He search his mother without telling either his brother or his adoptive parents. He then discovers that she is no longer with her biological father, she had a third son with another man and now she lives alone with that other boy she has not given up.


Vincent Rottiers French actor

Vincent Rottiers is a French actor. He has appeared in more than thirty films since 2002.

Sophie Cattani is a French actress. She appeared in more than thirty films since 2001.

Christine Citti French actress

Christine Citti is a French actress, director and writer.


The movie was presented in several festival like the Montreal World Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Festival do Rio, the São Paulo International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival. [2]

Montreal World Film Festival annual film festival held in Montreal, Canada

The Montreal World Film Festival, founded in 1977, is one of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF. The public festival is held annually in late August in the city of Montreal in Quebec. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, which has a greater focus on Canadian and other North American films, the Montreal World Film Festival has a larger diversity of films from all over the world.

Venice Film Festival annual film festival held in Venice, Italy

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The Big Three are internationally acclaimed for giving creators the artistic freedom to express themselves through film.

São Paulo International Film Festival annual film festival held in São Paulo, Brazil

The São Paulo International Film Festival, also known internationally as Mostra, is an annual film festival held in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. A non-profit event, the festival is organized by ABMIC. The state and city of São Paulo have established October as the festival's official month.

Critical reception

The film was well received by the critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 92% of 13 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 7.4/10. [3]

Rotten Tomatoes American review aggregator for film and television, owned by Fandango

Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by three undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley: Senh Duong, Patrick Y. Lee, and Stephen Wang. The name "Rotten Tomatoes" derives from the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes when disapproving of a poor stage performance.


2009 Montreal World Film Festival Best Screenplay Alain Le Henry Won
Grand Prix des Amériques Claude Miller & Nathan Miller Nominated
2010 César Award Most Promising Actor Vincent Rottiers Nominated

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