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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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Taglines:

It can take a lifetime to feel alive.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Trivia

May mentions that her daughter's flat is located on Benbow Road. This is the name of the real street in London where the location of the daughter's flat is situated. See more »

Goofs

When Darren and Toots are discussing cricket, the reflections of crew equipment and the camera dolly mount are visible in the glass of the sunroom windows. See more »

Quotes

May: Therapist?... Why can't you talk to your hairdresser like everyone else?
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

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"Bodyshock
Composed by Adam Laschinger
© Mother Productions Ltd
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Breaking Taboos
16 January 2005 | by belisandaSee all my reviews

'The Mother' is that extraordinary piece of film making - it gets you thinking, it pulls no punches - and ultimately it leaves you thinking. Very much open-ended as to the lead character's fate. Anne Reid (which I only knew briefly from her appearances in some Victoria Wood-led projects and thought a fine comedienne) is truly superb here. Not the stereotypical widowed housewife that was perfect in marriage and motherhood at all. And not all that free-spirited and adventurous at first. She plays her character just with the right note that rings true (well, it did to me). Powerful cast. Great script. Renaissance of European cinema indeed ;)


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