It’s been written and said countless times that there is nothing like a mother’s love. It is all-consuming and can be overpowering at times. They want to do everything they can for their children, keep them close and keep them safe. But all children must eventually grow up and leave their mother’s side. They must become independent and their own person, but they often stumble or stray. The path to independence and self-loving may not always be a clear one.
This is the concept behind A Mother’s Letter. Juxtaposing the past with the present, the short film represents a visual dichotomy between innocence and a fall from grace set against a mother’s poignant letter to her daughter. Watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of the movie, Thirteen, with Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter. Both films illustrate how easy it can be to slip into a life of drugs and alcohol, no matter how innocent your beginnings. But perhaps most importantly is the plea both mothers have for their daughters. They are torn apart by their daughters behavior, literally begging them to try and find the innocent girls they once knew and understood.
And while all parents realize that their children must eventually grow up and break free from the constant protection that surrounded their youth, I would imagine that there will always be the desire to protect just a small piece of innocence within them. So in a sense, this could be a letter from any mother, constantly calling on their children to hold onto the purity of childhood for just a little longer.