MAMA IL­LE­GAL

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(Ed Mos­chitz, Aus­tria). 102 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Mol­davia’s big­gest ex­port seems to be its women. At least that’s what you might sur­mise from this film that ob­serves three moth­ers who aban­don their fam­i­lies for years at a time to work il­le­gally abroad as clean­ing ladies. They’re among many who work to build a bet­ter fu­ture yet seem obliv­i­ous to the emo­tional dam­age they cause their fam­i­lies.

This struc­ture­less and of­ten me­an­der­ing film is as free-float­ing as its sub­jects, com­ing in and out of their lives and leav­ing them for long stretches. It doesn’t take a hard stance, al­low­ing the au­di­ence to form its own con­clu­sions. But it doesn’t con­nect emotionally, at least not in the way th­ese tragic sto­ries de­serve. Apr 28, 6: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 2; Apr 29, 1:15 pm, ROM The­atre.

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