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The Mother (2003)

Cast: Anne Reid, Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, more...
Director: Roger Michell, Roger Michell
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Hanif Kureishi wrote this drama about a woman whose late-blooming romance causes a serious rift with her family. May (Anne Reid) and Toots (Peter Vaughan) are an elderly couple who travel to London to visit their two grown children, Bobby (Steven Mackintosh) and Paula (Cathryn Bradshaw). While Bobby tries to be attentive to his parents, he's busy with his two young children, a major project at work, and completing some renovations on his large and expensive house, while his wife, Helen (Anna Wilson-Jones), shows little interest in her in-laws. Meanwhile, Paula is unsatisfied with her work and carries on an affair with Darren (Daniel Craig), a builder who is working on Bobby's home. When Toots suddenly dies, May moves in with Paula, but with Paula at work all day, she has little to do. Darren stops by Paula's flat periodically, and soon he strikes up a friendship with May; their conversations soon develop into flirtation, and before long, the two have become lovers, meeting regularly for afternoon trysts in Paula's spare room. While May's relationship with Darren makes her feel happier and more alive than she has in years, it leads to an ugly confrontation when Paula learns about the affair. The Mother was screened as part of the Director's Fortnight series at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Mom--and More by talltale October 15, 2004 - 7:20 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Watch the first five or ten minutes of THE MOTHER, and you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen. So perfect and telling is this interaction between the generations, as grandparents come to visit their offspring, you'll be hooked for what follows: surely one of the most fascinating films to surface in the last decade--maybe more. The theme here is "family life," together with responsibility for self and others, observed from numerous angles and in a fashion that allows you to understand and feel for the characters without fully taking anyone's side. Further, the film is shot with an artist's eye for composition and pacing. It's consistently beautiful to look at, but the beauty never gets in the way of character or storytelling. In the title role, Ann Reid gives the kind of performance that should put her on the map indefinitely, and the rest of the fine cast follows suit. Written by Hanif Kureishi ("My Beautiful Launderette," "The Buddha of Suburbia") and directed by Roger Michell, this film is one of those rare examples of script, direction, performances and ideas coming together so correctly that gratitude is the first response. You may argue with the things that happen here, but I doubt that you'll be able to discount them.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2003
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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