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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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Release Date:
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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(29 articles)
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Fine acting, but no-one to like in this family See more (53 total) »

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
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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:
May:Oh, Darren. This cigarette's making my chest all congested. I can't breathe.
Darren:What would happen if you did breathe?
May:I'd say, would you... would it be too much trouble... spare rooms... would you come to the spare rooms with me... would you...
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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Fine acting, but no-one to like in this family, 12 January 2005
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

There's a very fine review by law prof on these pages and not much for me to add. Ann Reid puts in a superb performance as the middle-aged mum whose desires are re-awakened by her bullying husband's sudden death and Daniel Craig plays the Rough Trade tradesman with great gusto. There's also a wonderful cameo from Oliver Ford Davies as an elderly and inept suitor for Mum's hand. The story is told very clearly with sparkling photography – the cheerful visual atmosphere being rather at odds with the grim storyline.

My problem however with the film is that everyone in it is either completely repulsive (eg the son and daughter in law and the rough tradesman) or is behaving badly. Mum is a sympathetic character but she makes all the wrong choices, and behaves pretty selfishly, though we do get an inkling as to why. She wouldn't be the first Mum to kick over the traces after a long marriage to a dominant partner. But we wind up feeling sorry for her daughter rather than Mum because she gets done over, not because she is otherwise sympathetic.

The trouble with movies like this that, though they are true to life and emotionally convincing, they leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Are we all that selfish and immature? Well, families are dangerous places and the majority of murders are committed by a member of the victim's families, but relatively speaking murder is a rare crime. Competition between mother and daughter for the same (trashy) lover is probably pretty rare also. When it does happen, a film about it is probably justified. Still, at the end we wind up with no-one to like, which rather muffles the impact of the story.

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