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Anne Reid stars as May, an ordinary grandmother from the North of England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children's lives. Stuck in an unfamiliar city, far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over. Until, that is, she embarks on a passionate affair with Darren (Daniel Craig), a man half her age who is renovating her son's house and sleeping with her daughter. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes). Written by Academy Award® nominated writer Hanif Kureishi (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for My Beautiful Launderette).
The movies have their share of gray-haired men romancing young women, but the spectacle of a sexual relationship between an old woman and a young man is still exotic enough for The Mother to startle audiences. Newly widowed Anne Reid, sixtyish, finds herself disenchanted with her indifferent children, and drawn to a studly handyman (Daniel Craig, from Sylvia). The observant directorial hand of Roger Michell guides them through some brutally frank sex scenes, without ignoring the psychological mess that underlies it all. It comes as no surprise that this scenario springs from the mind of Hanif Kureishi, who's been poking at British propriety since My Beautiful Laundrette. The film offers no characters to actually like, which makes it a bitter course to navigate. But Anne Reid's gutsy performance, which carries zero trace of glamour, is certainly a bold venture that asks no pity. --Robert Horton
After failed attempts at finding this movie in stores I ordered it thru amazon and it was worth making the purchase. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bee
`Daniel Craig is just one of my favorite stars. I simply just like looking at him because he is handsomePublished 15 months ago by Nan
Ordered this dvd and don't recall seeing anywhere that it was in Italian. Being called The Mother and all reviews being in English I assumed it would be in English however it is in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Louise Leibbrandt
In watching this movie you must connect with the mother and view things from her perspective; the way her children respond to her, or not. Read morePublished 17 months ago by StillnJersey
This movie is as real as it gets. I have seen it three times and am absolutely blown away by the acting of Anne Reid.Published 22 months ago by Valerie Byron
The story-line is a bit dark, and Daniel Craig plays a beastly character!
I have always loved Anne Reid, in almost anything, but this performance is not as pleasing to me as... Read more
The DVD would not boot up on any of the equipment I own. I Had to return item because it was a total flop onPublished on May 28, 2013 by Gyale McNinch