I Remember Mama
The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.
[Irenne Dunne] The Norwegian accents are pretty entertaining. Dunne is great during the moments she is allowed to shine. But the movie is dull as hell. Dunne is only allowed to be great every once in a while, but not often enough. I really did like Dunne’s accent though.
This is a fairly entertaining portrait of some episodes in the life of a poor family of Norwegian immigrants to the United States. Some of the characters are memorable, such as the rich uncle played by Oskar Homolka, and of course, the woman after whom the film is named: Mama, played by Irene Dunne. Mama is the archetype of a loving, self-sacrificing mother. I'm generally a bit annoyed by movies where all the characters are totally noble and virtuous, which is the main reason I can't give this film a higher rating. But having said that, I also have to say that I found Mama's unconditional support of her daughter's ambition to be a writer very admirable. The daughter's appreciation of everything her mother does for the family is also very touching. I liked I Remember Mama for its portrayal of a loving, healthy mother-daughter relationship.