Mary and Martha (2013)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lux Haney-Jardine ...
Bongo Mbutuma ...
Ian Redford ...
Nokuthula Ledwaba ...
Sifiso Sihlangu ...
Little Paul
Kagiso Lediga ...
Zethu Dlomo ...
Katleho Ramaphakela ...
Funeral Singer (as Beatrice Miller)
Mangaliso Ngema ...


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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Ben: [commenting on the African kids welcoming him] I'm feeling like the Prime Minister.
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References Clash of the Titans (2010) See more »


C'mon C'mon
Written and Produced by Nalle Karlsson
Performed by Aardvark Empire
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16 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

If people say and tell you this is inspiring, they are not wrong. Based on real events, this is really gripping and without knowing where this was heading (hadn't read anything about it, before I watched it), I really was surprised after about 30 minutes into the film. After that it was kind of obvious where it would go, but the acting and the telling of the story is really good.

Not to mention the central performances. Even if towards the end you get a bit of a "cliche" speech, you'd have to have a heart of stone, not to be touched by it at all. You could also argue about the husband and what he decides to do and how things get "solved", but after all that happened, it seems to be a suiting ending to it all

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