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Maternal Obsession (2008)

Her Only Child (original title)
A lonely woman sabotages any relationship that her daughter tries to maintain.


Douglas Jackson


Mary Weinstein (story), Mary Weinstein (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Nicholle Tom ... Lily Stanler
Gwynyth Walsh ... Inez Stanler
Cameron Daddo ... Larry Nowack
Kim Bubbs ... Joanna
Mark Camacho ... Mr. Jorris (as Mark Camancho)
Allison Graham ... Hostess
Martin Thibaudeau ... Michael
Craig Thomas ... Roger
Linda E. Smith Linda E. Smith ... Lydia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Islam Balbaa Islam Balbaa ... Pedestrian
Anik Rompré Anik Rompré ... Passerby


Lily, 31, is an average woman with an average life. She's pretty, friendly, and does well at her job as a claims analyst for an insurance company. But there's one facet of Lily's life that just isn't normal-her mother. A couple years ago, Lily moved back in with her mother Inez, 60, to help take care of her when she was sick. Now that she's there, Inez is not about to let her leave. Lonely and bitter after her own husband left her years ago, Inez feels that Lily is the only person she has left in the world and has tangled such a web of guilt and lies around Lily, the young woman is scared to leave. Inez does everything she can-even going to extremes-to sabotage any relationship Lily tries to have... especially with men. Unfortunately for Inez, Lily begins dating a guy at work, Larry, 40, who is seemingly perfect for her. Fearing her daughter will soon leave to 'have her own life,' Inez realizes she must pull out the big guns to make sure Lily and Larry never end up together. Written by Anonymous

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The bond between mother and daughter is always strong. But what happens when a mother's love goes too far? When good intentions are misdirected, and a mother's love becomes an obsession. See more »


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Not bad
12 August 2014 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

This is the usual made for TV staple about a mother who fears being left alone if her daughter leaves. She does everything in her power to scupper her daughters love life to stop this happening.

The plot is simple and as in most of these kind of movies you can guess what is going to happen. However that doesn't stop this being an enjoyable if undemanding film to watch. I thought all the actors did a good job even if the mother played by Gwynyth Walsh was a little bit too obviously insane. Nicholle Tom is charming and believable as the daughter.

Although predictable Maternal Obsession holds your attention and it made me want to find out how it would end. The ending is maybe a bit of a let down but for fans of TV movies this is worth watching, although if you expect too much you will be disappointed.

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Release Date:

22 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maternal Instinct See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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1.78 : 1
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