Suddenly alone after years of marriage, May rapidly becomes a burden to
her children and comes under attack from her manipulative daughter, Paula. May strikes up a sexual relationship with her daughter's boyfriend. The affair gives her an independence she never
felt in the past, but causes her anxiety relating to the physical effects of aging and
the betrayal of her daughter.

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A realistic depiction of a woman wishing to remain sexually active past middle age.

Relationships between older women and younger men are considered an oddity - even taboo. Mature women are often portrayed as mad, menopausal or morose. Fortunately, The Mother is neither so simplistic, nor judgmental.

Suddenly alone after years of marriage, May rapidly becomes a burden to her children and under attack from her manipulative daughter, Paula. Anne Reid's performance as May, is both brave and subtle and Cathryn Bradshaw as her daughter, is perfectly neurotic as an over anxious single mother, happy to use May as the free baby sitter. Paula's boyfriend is builder Darren, played by a very magnetic Daniel Craig.


While May's relationship with Darren enhances her sense of self and her sexuality, as well as giving her an independence she never felt in the past, she also struggles with the anxieties of aging and the betrayal of her daughter. The Mother is a daring and brave film.

Initially, I was suspicious whether two men could tell the story of an older woman's sexuality with authenticity ... yet screenwriter, Hanif Kureishi and director, Roger Michell execute skill and honesty in their tale about the chaos of family relationships. Michell achieves this through refreshing frame compositions, naturalistic colours and unpretentious sound design and Kureishi's character studies demonstrate his singular ability to dissect human emotions and relationships. In The Mother, the interaction and conflicts are sometimes overly melodramatic, but they also very realistic and force you to reflect on your own family dynamics.

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MA15+
1 hour 52 min

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