Cinema: Mothertime

Our Mother's House is a modern Gothic tale of innocence and evil that takes place in a penumbral pile of Victorian architecture somewhere in a London suburb. In her darkened bedroom lies Mother, mortally ill, the heart and guiding hand of seven boys and girls ranging in age from three to 16. The film begins at "Mothertime," the family's daily sunset gathering around her big brass bed for Bible reading and counseling. As the children arrive, Mother dies.

Grief-stricken, uncomprehending, terrified of being sent to an orphanage, they decide to bury Mother in the garden and tell no one. "Everything will be...

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