[click "Play" to hear Susan's conversation with Sarah Klein]
Truth be told no matter how many saccharine cards, roses, truffles, heart necklaces, or brunches we buy, we can never ever pay off that eternal debt we owe the woman who packs our lunches, bandages our boo-boos, soothes our bruised egos, cuddles and encourages us through thick and thin, believes in us no matter what. The best of the breed inspires success without ever pushing an agenda. They teach, but don't preach, the requirement for a straight spine and strong moral fiber. They are smart, loving, resourceful, and charming. And, they do this with no guarantee of a quid pro quo.
"For some, the experience proves rewarding, but for others, the process of measuring up to the women around them and trying to perform for the judges ends up taking its toll. This, to me, is where the film gets interesting. This small competition and these few women reflect the experiences of millions of American mothers who are trying to do well for their children, but constantly feel the pressure to measure up to a unobtainable ideal of perfection. "
Sarah credits her team – producer, Anne Labro; editor, David Klagsbrun; cinematographers Tom Mason and Nelson Hume; narrator, Susan Saint James; and composer, MIchael Hearst – for the success of her film at a recent screenings in Switzerland at the Festival Visions Du Reel and in Paris.
"Mother of the Year"/"Super Mom" will be screened Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, in France and Germany on Arte at 10:45 a.m., YLE Finland, SVT Sweden and VPRO Netherland (check out relevant listings for times.)
The film has its North American premiere at Mountainfilm. To watch a trailer for "Mother of the Year" see the Redglass website, and click on "Projects."