The audience is introduced to Nora (Sabrina Benhamed) as they follow her journey to work in silent detail. She cleans airplanes. Her colleagues are like family, full of well-meaning banter. Here, too, Nora’s voice isn’t necessarily the loudest – she is comfortable watching things play out.

With these glimpses into Nora’s daily life, the observation of her calm, caring way of talking to people – even if her relationship to her daughter is fraught with problems – one immediately feels a profound affection for the woman. Some of her choices may not be reasonable, but they are comprehensible: she would do anything for her children.


Hafsia Herzi (born 25 January 1987) is a Tunisian/French actress and film director of Tunisian and Algerian descent. She is best known for her debut role in the award-winning Franco-Tunisian feature The Secret of the Grain for which she won the award for most promising actress at the César Awards 2008, and the Marcello Mastroianni award, for best emerging actor/actress at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.

Good Mother is very good indeed, quietly devastating yet simultaneously life-affirming, and marks Herzi as a rare talent behind the camera.
Herzi’s kind eye to their struggles comes with a strong element of visual flair and a complete emotional understanding. She is commanding when capturing family moments, tensions, and loud discussions

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