Oscar winner lives up to its name--''My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York'' is well deserving of best live action short

By Noah Robischon
April 21, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Did this year’s Oscar for Best Live Action short win based on its title alone? Hardly. My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York (www.atomfilms.com), a babe-in-the-Big Apple tale about a widow from a South Dakota farm who visits her daughter in Manhattan, lives up to its name. New York becomes even more menacing to Marian (played with Midwestern perfection by Helen Stenborg) when she discovers her daughter, Paula (Patricia Dunnock), lives across from a noisy biker gang. But she soon learns that the marauders next door are actually gentlemen who protect the hood, so she visits their den. Won over by her kindness, the Disciples clean up the clubhouse. When Paula hears the dreamlike story, she asks Mom to ease up on the Valium — but that night the hogs are mysteriously silent. Let’s just hope director Barbara Schock was given a few extra statues to share with her real-life Hell’s Angels neighbors. A