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Some reviewers seem to have had problems dealing with the subject, which is simply that the teenage sons of two life-long friends fall in love, each with the mother of the other. Apparently this scenario isn't covered in the Big Hollywood/Disney Book of Life. Fortunately the film makers weren't overly concerned with limited conceptions of human feeling, and this movie gracefully explores - without gloss or varnish - the joys and the pains of what follows in consequence. Any middle-aged person who's ever felt the stirrings of attraction for a younger person will sympathize with the magnetic pull of this dynamic, and any young person who's ever felt attracted to a more mature person will likewise know the feeling of wanting to "own" that person and monopolize their attention.
And anyone who's ever experienced any kind of affair will know about the tribulations that can result, due to the expectations and attitudes of others.Read more ›
Naomi Watts, plays Lil and Robin Wright, plays Roz. They have been best friends sincechildhood. They both live in beautiful homes near the ocean in Australia. They both have families, Lil's husband died in an accident. The sons, of Lil and Roz, Ian and Tom have grown up together and are best friends. Roz's husband has taken a new position in Sydney and is rarely home. Both women are in their forties, facing the downside of life, and somehow they can't seem to find the right man.
Their sons are now men of about 20. They all hang out together, and one thing leads to another. Roz stops the affair, and Lil tries to do the same. Both men marry and have children. And, then ,all H*** breaks loose, and lives are upset and , the now grandmothers find themselves in the same boat. This is a film of loneliness and searching, mistakes and love, and messes that change people's lives.
The script came from a book by Doris Lessing, called 'The Grandmothers'. This is a chancey film that hits the right notes, but it seems the subject matter turned people off. A brave film that is perfect for discussion. Robin Wright and Naomi Watts are perfection in these roles. A Gould film if the mood suits you.
Recommended. prisrob 12-14-13
The premise is highly unlikely, but if Lessing had had only one mother fall in love with the other's son, it would have been too easy to have ALL of the characters treat only her as a pariah. Basically, one mother (played by Robin Wright) gives into her own lust -- and that of her friend's son, who kisses her -- one night. When the affair is discovered by the character played by Naomi Watts (and by the son of Wright's character) -- the other mother is reluctantly, and drunkenly, persuaded into an affair.Read more ›
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