Publicis One Touch launches heartfelt spot directed by Hey Baby Films’ Sune Sorensen for Nivea

Hey Baby Director Sune Sorensen and agency Publicis One Touch bring us a uniquely heartfelt story for skincare brand, Nivea this Mother’s Day – about moving back home.

One of many Covid-related results is that young adults have been forced to move back with their parents. In Nivea’s ad campaign, Anna returns home and is faced with the difficulties of living with her mother at a time in her life, when she is trying to become an adult of her own.

Juggling work, relations, and old habits, both Anna and her mom struggle to make their everyday come together in this honest and subtle portrayal of a complex mother-daughter relationship.

Director Sune Sorensen comments: “I was immediately attracted to the inherent conflicts of the premise, both internal as well as external. A daughter, who wants to live her life independently and to whom it feels like a defeat that she has to move back home. A mother, who has her own life now and struggles to “speak the same language” or even understand her daughter’s young adult needs.”

London actors Hilary Hamilton and Melissa Lowe immediately stood out to Sorensen: “This is not an easy story for any actor, because we’re constantly balancing on a knife’s edge of ‘juvenile’ or ‘rude’ behaviour, so we needed complex and amazing personalities. Someone we understand and like in equal measure – after all, Melissa is constantly pushing Hilary away because everything she does makes her feel like an adolescent, inadvertently making her act exactly like one. Meanwhile, Hilary is a modern mother, who has needs of her own but at the same time sees through her daughter’s defence mechanisms and knows that one day she will need her – and she wants to be there when that happens.”

The campaign is part of a long-term branding effort from Nivea and Publicis One Touch and unique in its emittance of products and the use of the hit song “Skinny Love” by Birdy.

“It’s a great testament to Nivea and the agency that they want to tell a story without clouding the message in any way and with such respect for the subtleties and nuances of the narrative,” notes Sune Sorensen.

“For me, the agency and client bravery are obvious across the board – from the tone, choice of framing and film language, actors, and following through with a song we all felt perfectly completed the story – usually, filmmaking is a compromise. This didn’t feel like one.”

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