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You Are Not My Mother

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It’s the week before Halloween. Char’s bedridden mother, Angela, has mysteriously gone missing. All that remains is her abandoned car parked in the middle of a field. When Angela returns home to their North Dublin estate the following evening without explanation, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita, that something is amiss. She might look and sound the same, but Angela’s behavior has become increasingly erratic and frightening, as if she has been replaced by a malevolent force. As Halloween approaches, a night steeped in ancient Irish myth and legend, Char must unearth the dark secrets of her family in order to uncover the truth behind her mother's disappearance and save her, even if it means potentially losing her forever.


  • Hazel Doupe
  • Paul Reid
  • Carolyn Bracken
  • Jade Jordan
  • Jordanne Jones

Atom User Reviews

4.0 out of 5


Apr 12, 2022

Dolan ensures that such myth comes with a dark gothic edge, unnerving, insidious and uncannily ambiguous, as this clan’s internal problems find their expression in highly incendiary rites of Capgras cleansing.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
Mar 25, 2022

This at once deeply creepy and strangely moving movie is ultimately about a girl in distress, unsure of what to do when the change she’s been desperate for turns out to be worse than the misery she’s already learned to handle.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times
Mar 4, 2022

For much of its impressive duration, Dolan’s film blurs the line between family friction, bipolar disorder and the supernatural.

Tara Brady
The Irish Times