DOK LEIPZIG 31 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2016
59TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Looking Like My Mother


Looking Like My Mother




CATALOGUE TEXT
The filmmaker is driven to this project by the fear of not only looking like her mother but having the same disease – full of hopes of finding the cause of the defect. What can be explained can also be prevented, or at least controlled. But depression is like a demon that slowly takes possession of a person. When Dominique Margot was a child the heralds and signs of panic and paranoia made no sense. So she began to assemble these elements of lunacy into a fantasy world in which her mother became the queen of the ghosts.

The director juxtaposes the seriousness of her subject with the lightness of her film. In this road movie back into the past and herself she eagerly experiments with mixing re-enacted scenes and surreal moments with interviews. Her escape routes lead to punk, distant lands and the cinema. Makes no difference, there’s no escape from one’s family. What is an accepted diagnosis today was rarely recognised then, in the 1970s. Her mother came from a mountain farming village where melancholia was always simply believed to be run in the family.

Cornelia Klauß

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The annotation to the Official Selection films were written by the members of the Selection Committee. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2016 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.