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The Mother (2003)

R | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 2004 (USA)
A woman has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.

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May
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Toots
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Helen
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Darren
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Au Pair
Harry Michell ...
Harry
Rosie Michell ...
Rosie
Izabella Telezynska ...
Polish Cleaner
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Bobby
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Paula
Carlo Kureishi ...
Jack
Sachin Kureishi ...
Jack
Simon Mason ...
Man in Tate Gallery
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Bruce
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Estate Agent
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Toots and May's marriage is one of Toots being dependent on his wife. Shortly after Toots and May arrive in London to visit with their grown children Bobby and Paula and their respective children, Toots falls ill and dies. Toots' death brings to the surface the underlying strain that has always existed between May and both of her two children, and the unhappy lives they have all led. Now specifically with Paula, May is disapproving of her relationship with a construction worker named Darren. Not only does May think his occupation makes him beneath Paula, he's also a married man. Darren is in an unsatisfying marriage but doesn't want to leave it if only because of his son. Even after May gets to know and like Darren, she still encourages Paula to break up with him. The issue is is that May herself has fallen in love with Darren, the two who begin a sexual relationship. What will ultimately happen between May and Darren also depends on Darren, who is floundering in his own life and ... Written by Huggo

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It can take a lifetime to feel alive.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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18 June 2004 (USA)  »

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A Mãe  »

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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£59,077 (UK) (14 November 2003)

Gross:

$1,062,253 (USA) (5 November 2004)
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Paula's son Jack is played by twins Carlo Kureishi and Sachin Kureishi. Their father is Hanif Kureishi, the screenwriter. They look and act so much alike that Nicolas Gaster had trouble telling them apart in the editing room. See more »

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When Darren and Toots are discussing cricket, the reflections of crew equipment and the camera dolly mount are visible in the glass of the sunroom windows. See more »

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May: Therapist?... Why can't you talk to your hairdresser like everyone else?
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Clint Eastwood
Written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Del Tha Funky Homosapien
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Surprisingly good
9 August 2004 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

A woman left alone after the death of her husband finds herself attracted to her son's friend and handy man. In a slightly twisted story, the woman begins sleeping with the handy man in an effort to revive herself. The twisted part? The handy man is also her daughter's on and off love interest.

As if this wasn't strange enough, the mother manages to fall for this man and when her daughter finds out, she blames not only her dysfunctional relationship but also her messed up life on her poor mother.

Though you may think badly of this woman, the truth is movie manages to portray her in a positive light. Beautifully played by Anne Reid, this character has dimension and portrays great emotion.

A truly brilliant performance and an enjoyable film.

8/10


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