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The Mother (2003)

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A woman has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writer:

Hanif Kureishi
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Reid ... May
Peter Vaughan ... Toots
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Helen
Daniel Craig ... Darren
Danira Govich ... Au Pair
Harry Michell Harry Michell ... Harry
Rosie Michell Rosie Michell ... Rosie
Izabella Telezynska Izabella Telezynska ... Polish Cleaner
Steven Mackintosh ... Bobby
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Paula
Carlo Kureishi Carlo Kureishi ... Jack
Sachin Kureishi Sachin Kureishi ... Jack
Simon Mason Simon Mason ... Man in Tate Gallery
Oliver Ford Davies ... Bruce
Jonah Coombes Jonah Coombes ... Estate Agent
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Storyline

Toots and May's marriage is one of Toots being dependent on his wife. Shortly after Toots and May arrive in London to visit with their grown children Bobby and Paula and their respective children, Toots falls ill and dies. Toots' death brings to the surface the underlying strain that has always existed between May and both of her two children, and the unhappy lives they have all led. Now specifically with Paula, May is disapproving of her relationship with a construction worker named Darren. Not only does May think his occupation makes him beneath Paula, he's also a married man. Darren is in an unsatisfying marriage but doesn't want to leave it if only because of his son. Even after May gets to know and like Darren, she still encourages Paula to break up with him. The issue is that May herself has fallen in love with Darren, the two who begin a sexual relationship. What will ultimately happen between May and Darren also depends on Darren, who is floundering in his own life and doesn't... Written by Huggo

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It can take a lifetime to feel alive.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mãe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£59,077 (United Kingdom), 16 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,560, 30 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,062,253, 7 November 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filmed entirely on-location. Daytime scenes were filmed using only natural light. For nighttime scenes, the crew again used as many practicals as possible (table lamps, fixtures already at the location, et cetera) rather than rigging large lighting kits that would have required a generator (the crew did not use one). See more »

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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 »

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Darren: [of an older woman] We'll be like that one day. No one wanting us.
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Wonderful Film
10 November 2007 | by meganhenry-2See all my reviews

What a moving film. I have a dear friend who is in her sixties and for the past 15 years has told me that people don't see her anymore, and she longs for companionship. Being in my late 40s I am beginning to see what she has been complaining about. You are no longer youthful, beautiful or touchable. When May says "...this lump of a body..." wow. How our bodies change and how we are told it is no longer beautiful. I love when she begins to change what she wears...the colorful scarf...no longer the frumpy wife.

It is a sad and wonderful picture at the same time. Sad in that May betrays her daughter's trust...beautiful in that she finds herself through the difficulty of the affair, and chooses to move on and finally have her own life. I love the character's daring to even initiate the love affair.

Mostly I love the movie because finally it is a picture that shows the intricate nature of relationships, be they familial or not. We see Paula's vulnerability, yet she will have what she wants at all costs...(when she tells her mum that she will have a baby for Darren whether he wants one or not after her mother asks if Darren even wants a child). The movie hits the mark on the how relationships can change, and yet reveals what has been there all along, dormant. May has stifled her own creativity to raise a family. A family that she didn't really want, but was "something you just did when she was young". I love the scene when Darren calls her an old tart, and she smiles and says "I was never called that before". It was truly a gem of a movie.

And Daniel Craig. Well, i just love him. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is he pleasant on the eyes, he is a real talent. What a neat role. He is much more than any 007 that is for sure and I look forward to seeing him in more roles of this nature. The scene where he is pleasuring May and the look he gives her is sort of a look of wonder that he has such control over this woman, and also one of pleasure of being able to give this to her. He is actually enjoying giving her pleasure. A wonderful scene. The contrast is the love scene with Bruce. Bruce is totally absorbed with his own pleasure...two completely different men.

Alas...I wonder where is my Darren?


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