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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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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use
Runtime:
112 min
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Trivia:
Bobby's children are played by Roger Michell's children.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Bobby:[on finding his mother's pornographic drawings] I feel as if I've just had a very hot curry!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Good Neighbors" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Clint EastwoodSee more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The merry widow, 20 June 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

At the beginning of the film we watch May and Toots preparing for their trip to London for a visit to their grown children. One can see Toots is not in the best of health, but he goes along. When he dies suddenly, May's world, begins to spin out of control.

The film directed by Roger Michell, based on a screen play by Hanif Kureshi, is a study of how this mother figure comes to terms with her new status in life and her awakening into a world that she doesn't even know it existed until now.

May's life as a suburban wife was probably boring. Obviously her sexual life was next to nothing. We get to know she's had a short extra marital affair, then nothing at all. When May loses her husband she can't go back home, so instead, she stays behind minding her grandson at her daughter's home. It is in this setting that May begins lusting after young and hunky Darren, her daughter's occasional lover.

Darren awakes in May a passion she has not ever known. May responds by transforming herself in front of our eyes. May, who at the beginning of the film is dowdy, suddenly starts dressing up, becoming an interesting and attractive woman. She ends up falling heads over heels with this young man that keeps her sated with a passion she never felt before.

Having known a couple of cases similar to this story, it came as no surprise to me to watch May's reaction. Her own chance of a normal relationship with Bruce, a widower, ends up frustratingly for May, who realizes how great her sex is with Darren. The younger man, we figure, is only into this affair to satisfy himself and for a possibility of extorting money from May. Finally, the daughter, Helen discovers what Mum has been doing behind her back when she discovers the erotic paintings her mother has made.

The film is a triumph for the director. In Anne Reid, Mr. Michell has found an extraordinary actress who brings so much to the role of May. Also amazing is Daniel Craig. He knows how Darren will react to the situation. Anna Wilson Jones as Helen is also vital to the story as she is the one that has to confront the mother about what has been going on behind her back. Oliver Ford Davies plays a small part as Bruce the older man in Helen's class and is quite effective.

The film is rewarding for those that will see it with an open mind.

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