A Fucked up Tribute to Motherly Love is a contemporary black comedy about the manufacturability of life and a personal journey to happiness. It blends the tragedy of miscommunication with the humour of our perpetual coming of age. The film tells the tale of Samuel Dirk, a recently divorced 48-year-old piano tuner, trying to find peace within his new single life whilst fighting off well intended but destabilizing help from his mother Patattie, his childhood friend Edwin, the proactive Christine Panther and Edwin’s young, curious Asian girlfriend Titty. On this playing field of crises and old habits his mother Patattie lets her hopes and perspectives on how Samuel’s newly changed life can be most fullfilling run wild! Even a sexually charged trip to Belgium is not enough to calm her expectations, ultimately boiling over with fatal consequences, as Patattie makes the most gruesome sacrifice a mother can make.
Our film is set in the 21st century where the idea of and possibility of realizing our dreams is considered a central part of Western culture. This idea is largely unrealistic and creates a dissatisfaction that we can only describe as culturally motivated. We see this as a sort of universally amusing, lonely struggle with one’s own evolution, a humorous tragedy of our own making. The film should remain ‘realistic’ and ‘matter of fact’ throughout whilst focusing on the slight absurdity of the everyday to create a strangeness. The obtuse dialogue will be used as a tool for humorous misunderstandings and frustrations. These communicative fumblings are at best wonderfully funny and at worst confusingly painful but almost always universally understood.