JASNA (42) is coming back to pay a visit to her mother ANKA (72), an old, bedridden woman, suffering from cancer. Her initial plan is to stay only for a few days, tidy up the place, and sign the legal papers allowing the forced hospitalization of Anka. But sometimes things aren’t going as planned…
MATER (en. MATRIARCH) is a story of Jasna, a Croatian ex-pat who, due to her mother Anka's declining health, is forced to return to a place she has been avoiding most of her life - her home. The two haven't been in touch for years, but the proximity of death forces them to confront the ghosts of their past - Although the story is focused on Jasna and Anka, it is also a portrait of life in a typical small town in the midst of Mediterranean hinterland. Plunging into the anxieties of the community, MATER subtly uncovers class, status, and gender issues that shape Anka's and Jasna's personalities - their stubbornness, strength, and tragic flaws.