Newly-single mother Anna Dunlop has lived a healthy move in life with her six-year-old daughter Molly. Then, one day, she falls in love with Leo Cutter, an Irish sculptor and craftsman. Leo helps her find passion and fulfillment but at a tragic cost: Molly is soon exposed to their sexual relationship. Despite Leo teaching the curious child the differences of sex, Anna's overzealous ex-husband accuses him of molesting Molly and sues Anna for violating their custody agreement. It all leads to the downfall of Anna and Leo's relationship and a disastrous attempt by Anna to hang on to her love for Molly.Written by
Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson are great together, but the subject matter is hard to watch.
The points of view of the different characters are well presented. You can understand everyone's behavior and conclusions.
Would I have preferred a tidy, happy ending? Yes. But this movie doesn't take the easy way out. It tackles a difficult situation caused by "enlightened, progressive" thinking, and leaves you pondering. I so wanted to point out to the characters the early errors so the catastrophic ending could be avoided.
THE GOOD MOTHER presents one of the most honest portrayals of awakening female sexuality and committed love on film.
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