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Mary and Martha (2013)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 2013
Two mothers lose their sons to malaria.

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Ben
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Lux Haney-Jardine ...
Bongo Mbutuma ...
Pumelele
Ian Redford ...
Charles
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Nokuthula Ledwaba ...
Sifiso Sihlangu ...
Little Paul
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Kumi
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Patience
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South African Doctor
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Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema ...
Mozambican Doctor
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Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children. Written by HBO

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Two mothers connected by loss. Inspired by hope.

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20 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Die Kämpferin  »

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In the local restaurant scene, the waitress speaks in Spanish while serving Mary and her son but Mozambique's official language is Portuguese. See more »

Quotes

Mary: I do want to ask you if I can take George out of school, take him away, and teach him myself and have an adventure. You know, I just think he'll do better with me than in the hands of the people who are teaching him now.
Peter: Honey, can't we just take him away for the summer, like normal people?
Mary: No, that's two months away. We'll lose him inside his computer by then. You know, and in the school, they didn't even know that those kids were bullying him.
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Mentioned in the End Credits: "Produced with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa, who does not accept any liability for the content and does not necessarily support such content." See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Gabriel
Written by Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes
Performed by Bea Miller
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Totally inspiring, heartbreaking and brilliant.
2 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this last night and am still thinking about it right now, all the time. The movie is to raise awareness of malaria, which kills children by the dozen each year. The film is extremely touching. It presents a strong mother-son bond for both Mary and George, and Martha and Ben. When tragedy strikes, it is presented in such a way only someone with a heart of stone would not be moved. The acting is of a high-quality -- you can feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Mary's speech towards the end is touching and moving; it gave me goosebumps and produced fresh tears in my eyes. Overall a brilliant film, I would definitely watch it again.


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