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The Disappearance of My Mother (La scomparsa di mia madre)

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Movie Info & Cast


Benedetta wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she becomes fed up with all the roles that life has imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the world she knows. Hiding behind the camera, her son Beniamino witnesses her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible - or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta - the image of her liberation.


  • Carlotta Antonelli
  • Beniamino Barrese
  • Benedetta Barzini
  • Michela De Rossi
  • Martina De Santis
  • Lauren Hutton
  • Candice Lam
  • Olivia Ross

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Sep 25, 2019

This is a tumultuous muse story in which the artist and his inspiration just happen to be blood relations.

Metacritic review by Keith Uhlich
Keith Uhlich
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 25, 2019

The result of the collaboration between mother and son brings no great epiphanies but it remains a film that both beguiles and unsettles as it salutes a remarkable woman and the enduring demands of ties that bind.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
Sep 25, 2019

The Disappearance of My Mother is rife with grand philosophical questions about beauty, capitalism, love, life, and death, while still maintaining the intimacy of a family connection.

Metacritic review by Lorry Kikta
Lorry Kikta
Film Threat