Once when Justin was riding his bike he saw and elderly couple with a woman in a wheelchair on the street. He stared straight ahead, hoping they hadn’t seen him, but they had. He continued on his way as if he didn’t know who they were. They didn’t call out to him. They understood.
For the longest time, Justin tried to escape his story. He grew up longing to have a ‘normal’ mother who could do mother-son activities with him. When Justin was only four years old, his mother suffered a brain stroke, which left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak or even eat. Justin remembers the day his mother ran out of her pottery studio crying and then tumbled down the stairs. She woke up three months later and by then she was a total stranger to him.
Justin’s grandparents took out an early retirement so they could care for their daughter. His father tried desperately to bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of his small children and so every weekend he would take her home. For years he held on to the hope of her becoming healthy again.
Justin’s father died when he was sixteen and this second loss caused him to turn away in anger. He decided he no longer wanted to visit his mother. But then, twelve years later he found some old VHS recordings and realized that he needed answers and his mother was the only person he could turn to for them.
After twelve years of not seeing her, he finally visited his mother at her nursing home in Switzerland. For the first time in his life he wanted to know more about her. He had a lot of questions and she had all the answers he needed to hear. Watch this touching documentary now.