Mamma Gógó (DVD)
The film has been selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Mamma Gógó is about Gógó, an elderly lady, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and her son's and family's reaction to her illness. While Gógó is continuously getting herself into trouble, of the kind only a person with Alzheimer can, the son, the director is struggling with financial troubles after his film Children of Nature has flopped in the cinema. As Gógó's disease progresses her family decides that it is best for her to move to a nursing home. Gógó and her deceased husband, who appears on the scene, are not happy with that decision. The director is dependent on others when it comes to his finances and when Gógó settles into the nursing home he decides to sell his mother's apartment and valuable artwork but the profits of the sale help him to get by.
Mamma Gógó demonstrates the tragic-comical side of Alzheimer’s, and the difficulties and conflicts of the family are portrayed in a unique way in the mother and son’s relationship.
Simultaneously, Director Fridriksson satirizes the political environment of his society which has affected his filmmaking – for better and for worse. Mamma Gógó is a sad, yet beautiful film with many elements from the director’s own life.
Icelandic language with English, French and Icelandic subtitles.
See Trailer of Mamma Gógó here.
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Writer: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Release: 2010 (Iceland)
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is a self-taught filmmaker whose career began in experimental and documentary film, and he is the founder of the influential Icelandic Film Corporation. His filmography includes Niceland: (Population 1.000.002) (2004), Falcons (2002), Angels of the Universe (2000), Cold Fever (1995), and the award-winning Children of Nature (1991).
Kristbjörg Kjeld - Mamma Gógó
Hilmir Snær Guðnason - The director and son
Gunnar Eyjólfsson - Gógó's deceased husband
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir - The director's wife
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir - The director's sister 1
Inga Maria Valdimarsdóttir - The director's sister 2
Jóhann Sigurðarson - The bank manager
Bjarni Ingvarsson - The Farmer