At an idyllic Rotorua spa retreat, a vacationing mother and daughter bicker and avoid connection. An unfortunate accident occurs. Inspired by a true story.
Inspired by a true story, Hot Mother is a is the tale of a single mother and her contemptuous daughter, who go to a spa retreat to spend time together. Set over the course of one afternoon, the pair seem unable to connect; the divide between them is too great. When the mother attempts to leave the sauna in a huff, the door handle breaks off in her hand and the pair are trapped inside together. In the extreme heat, they risk dehydration, even death. Their minor bickering presents the image of a family not in unison, but as fear mounts the importance of their love and dependence on one another becomes paramount.