An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.



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This is our mother. Pray for us. See more »


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Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)


$35,419,397 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Debut cinema movie of actress Christina Ricci. See more »


As the groceries are being put away, a Dole can with a 1990s logo is visible in the refrigerator. See more »


Charlotte Flax: So Joe, tell me about the nuns in the convent. Do they wear underwear in the shower?
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Love Is Strange
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Mickey Baker and Bo Diddley (as E. McDaniel)
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Delightful coming-of-age film
1 October 1998 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I think this is a delightful movie. The period details are fun, Cher is GREAT, and the chemistry between Hoskins, Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci is excellent. Ryder is especially good at capturing that mixure of idealism, angst and embarrassment which is adolescence.

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