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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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18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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  (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 Gili .... assistant compositor (as Safiya Ravat)
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)
Christine Strobel .... dubbing script translator: german (uncredited)
Kate Buffery .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
May:How did you become so cold?
Bobby:How did you become so hot?
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Movie Connections:
Features "Good Neighbors" (1975)See more »


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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good, 9 August 2004
Author: themarina1 from Vancouver, BC

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.


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