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The Mother -- A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.

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9 October 2003 (Germany) See more »
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It can take a lifetime to feel alive.
Plot:
A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Anne Reid ... May

Peter Vaughan ... Toots

Anna Wilson-Jones ... Helen

Daniel Craig ... Darren

Danira Govich ... Au Pair
Harry Michell ... Harry
Rosie Michell ... Rosie
Izabella Telezynska ... Polish Cleaner

Steven Mackintosh ... Bobby

Cathryn Bradshaw ... Paula
Carlo Kureishi ... Jack
Sachin Kureishi ... Jack
Simon Mason ... Man in Tate Gallery

Oliver Ford Davies ... Bruce
Jonah Coombes ... Estate Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Zelda Tinska ... Barmaid (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Michell 
 
Writing credits
Hanif Kureishi 

Produced by
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
Angus Finney .... executive producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
Tracey Scoffield .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jeremy Sams 
 
Cinematography by
Alwin H. Küchler (director of photography) (as Alwin Küchler)
 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Fiona Weir 
 
Production Design by
Mark Tildesley 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Digby 
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Day 
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
 
Makeup Department
Konnie Daniel .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Mason .... third assistant director
Barrie McCulloch .... first assistant director
Olivia Peniston-Bird .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Lightburn-Jones .... stand-by art director
Denis Schnegg .... draughtsman
Nick Thomas .... property master
Warren Lever .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Owen Bleasdale .... foley recordist
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Gianluca Buttari .... foley editor
Danny Hambrook .... sound recordist
Danny Hambrook .... supervising sound editor
Stewart Henderson .... supervising dialogue editor (as Stuart Henderson)
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Adam Laschinger .... assistant sound editor
Adam Laschinger .... sound assistant
Matthew Skelding .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Graeme Stoten .... adr editor
Michele Woods .... adr editor (as Michelle Woods)
 
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... digital supervisor
Tim Davies .... senior compositor
Rob Ellis .... digital effects compositor
Safiya Ravat .... assistant compositor
Rod Shelton .... digital producer
Laurent Treherne .... technical supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Byrne .... focus puller: "b" camera
Ivan Kyncl .... still photographer
Henry Landgrebe .... clapper loader
John Law .... rigger
Stephen Mathie .... best boy
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: "b" camera
Olly Tellett .... focus puller
Lucho Zuidema .... grip
Thomas Townend .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Harry Wiggins .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gemma Evans .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Erika Brüning .... arri laser operator (as Erica Brunning)
Kim Gaster .... associate editor
Mark Vincent .... senior colorist
Jon Thompson .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Simon Chamberlain .... musician: piano
Alec Dankworth .... musician: double bass
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Tom Leader .... music engineer
Richard Paine .... music supervisor
Ralph Salmins .... musician: drums
Steve Parr .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Isabel Begg .... business affairs: BBC Films
Jonah Coombes .... location manager
Will Davies .... assistant: Stephen Evans, Renaissance Films
Sam Edmonds .... floor runner
Sarah Jane Facer .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Jeremy Gawade .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC Films
Richard Juneman .... production accountant
Stephen Kelly .... floor runner
Steffy Marrion .... production coordinator
Ben McAlister .... caterer: Marquis Restaurant
Leila McAlister .... caterer: Marquis Restaurant
Martin McGlone .... laboratory contact
Liz Miller .... public relations: McDonald & Rutter
Michaela Piper .... head of marketing: Renaissance Films
Luke Redgrave .... assistant to director
Roger Sampson .... insurance: AON
Andrew Tapper .... production runner
Gurdeep Ubhie .... assistant accountant
Jane Wright .... business affairs: BBC Films
Katie Bullock-Webster .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Sue Hills .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Edward Randolph .... runner (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kate Buffery .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use
Runtime:
112 min
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Trivia:
May mentions that her daughter's flat is located on Benbow Road. This is the name of the real street in London where the location of the daughter's flat is situated.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
May:How did you become so cold?
Bobby:How did you become so hot?
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Movie Connections:
Features "The Big Knights" (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Space OdditySee more »

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63 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Painfully real, 30 July 2004
Author: livewire-6 from Ottawa, Canada

Of all the films I have seen this year (2004), none has affected me as deeply and personally as "The Mother", and on so many levels.

For one thing, watching May deal with the grief and loss and sudden disorientation of widowhood, I could not help wondering how my own mother will cope when the time comes, as it surely must, for her and indeed for all of us.

But, as May's story unfolded, it was my own sense of grief and loss and disorientation that I experienced anew. May and I share something in common: not widowhood, but age, or rather the loss of youth, and the invisibility and untouchability that come with age.

I could relate to May's need for passion, her need to be loved, her need, not so much for sex, but simply to be touched. But as we grow older, we are ironically shut out and shunted aside and denied the very thing our souls cry out for. (Note: There are some disturbing and shocking images of sexuality in "The Mother", but don't let them put you off and blind you to the real message of the film.)

May, at least, rediscovers another passion within -- to create art -- and so is able to live again. Not all of us are so fortunate. In this respect, I identify more with May's daughter Paula who, when love and passion fail and die, feels that her creative expression is no longer valid and worthwhile, and destroys her works in a fit of despair.

May is a woman in her late 60s; I am a gay man in my late 40s. Yet our stories are similar in so many ways. What May experiences in a matter of weeks, I have felt over the past decade. My passion has yet to be rediscovered.

It is no accident that "The Mother" was scripted by Hanif Kureishi, who gave us "My Beautiful Laundrette", a love story about two gay men in the flower of youth. "The Mother" is at the other end of the spectrum, a story about age and the denial of passion. To paraphrase the title of another Kureishi film, "The Mother" might aptly be titled "Sammy and Rosie Get Old".

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