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Cotton Mary (1999)

 -  Drama  -  17 December 1999 (UK)
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A British family is trapped between culture, tradition, and the colonial sins of the past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lily MacIntosh
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Cotton Mary
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John MacIntosh
Sarah Badel ...
Mrs Evans
Riju Bajaj ...
Mugs
Gerson Da Cunha ...
Doctor Correa
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Mrs Smythe
Neena Gupta ...
Blossom (Mary's sister)
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Rosie
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Mrs Freda Davids
Firdausi Jussawalla ...
Mr. Panamal
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Matron
Nadira ...
Mattie
Prayag Raj ...
Abraham (as Prayag Raaj)
Captain Raju ...
Inspector Ramiji Raj
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Storyline

1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

Amarga Ambição  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,680 (USA) (17 March 2000)

Gross:

ESP 2,994,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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As Theresa is walking along with the procession she passes an Indian boy in the crowd who waves at the camera. See more »

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an odd film
8 August 2002 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I rented this film because a few of my colleagues suggested this as interesting viewing. This was not a rave but a...once you see this film, you will have a better understanding of a fellow co-worker's oddities.

I can't say that I enjoyed this film. Cotton Mary was just darn annoying. She interferes with people's lives, climbing aboard when she sees opportunity. The manipulation and the passive-aggressive nature of her personality struck me. She was just so desperate to rise from her station and be someone to be reckoned with. Her impending madness was predictable and sad nevertheless.

An odd film but one that only Merchant-Ivory fanatics should see for the sake of completeness.


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