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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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Au Pair
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Harry
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Rosie
Izabella Telezynska ...
Polish Cleaner
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Jack
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Jack
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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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A Mãe  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

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£59,077 (United Kingdom), 16 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,560, 30 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,062,253, 7 November 2004
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Paula's son Jack is played by twins Carlo Kureishi and Sachin Kureishi. Their father is Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi. 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 May is telling Darren about her affair and just before she asks him to take her to bed, Darren does not have a carpenter's pencil in his ear. When we see him a few moments later, the pencil is over his ear. See more »

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May: Therapist?... Why can't you talk to your hairdresser like everyone else?
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Features The Big Knights (1999) See more »

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"Bodyshock
Composed by Adam Laschinger
© Mother Productions Ltd
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Breaking Taboos
16 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

'The Mother' is that extraordinary piece of film making - it gets you thinking, it pulls no punches - and ultimately it leaves you thinking. Very much open-ended as to the lead character's fate. Anne Reid (which I only knew briefly from her appearances in some Victoria Wood-led projects and thought a fine comedienne) is truly superb here. Not the stereotypical widowed housewife that was perfect in marriage and motherhood at all. And not all that free-spirited and adventurous at first. She plays her character just with the right note that rings true (well, it did to me). Powerful cast. Great script. Renaissance of European cinema indeed ;)


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