The Mother Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for The Mother the Movie

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Reid gives a ferociously honest performance as the 60-ish May, a lifelong suburban wife and mother left bereft of purpose when her husband (Vaughn) suddenly dies. She moves to London to live temporarily with her preoccupied son Bobby (Mackintosh) and his indifferent wife Helen (Wilson Jones) and tries to straighten out the life of her self-pitying divorcee daughter, Paula (Bradshaw). Paula is involved in a messy relationship with rugged married builder, Darren (Craig). May finds herself attracted to the younger man's unexpected kindness and, unresigned to going quietly into old age, also begins an affair with the weak-willed Darren--the revelation of which causes no end of drama. The only false note comes in a late scene when May allows Paula to take her rage out on her mother by hitting her. The newly liberated May should have instead knocked her whiny child on her ass.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 111 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, May-December Romance, Sex & Sexuality, Great Britain, Romantic Triangles, Widows & Widowers, London, Moms, Single Parents, Grandparents
Hanif Kureishi
Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, Steven Mackintosh, Cathryn Bradshaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter Vaughn, Anna Wilson Jones
Alwin Kuchler
Roger Michell
Jeremy Sams
Tim Alban, Danny Hambrook, Nicolas Gaster, Kim Gaster, Mark Digby, Natalie Ward, Mark Tildesley
Kevin Loader, BBC Films, Free Range Films, Renaissance Films, Sony Pictures Classics

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