The Mother (2003)
The Mother is a chick flick, granny division, financed by BBC. It was shot mainly in one location on 16 mm, but
looks very good for the limited budget. I suppose the film is a
condemnation of boring suburban life, and the story of a mother and
The nudity is from 69 year old Ann Reid, who
shows breasts in a post coital scene
Ann Reid and her husband travel to the home of their two children in
London for the Christmas holidays. It is clear that they do not have
a particularly exciting life. The house is suburbia on steroids.
Their daughter is a divorcee, and having it off with a handyman
(Daniel Craig). Their son is a workaholic. When Reid's husband dies,
Reid is lost, and doesn't want to go home, but she is a burden on
her children. The real conflict is set up when Reid starts an
intimate relationship with her daughter's handyman. It was rather brave of the 69 year old Reid to film very hot and
rather explicit sex scenes and bare her breasts. The sex scenes did
have the ring of honesty, and were far from gratuitous.
Roger Ebert praised the depth to
which the main characters are developed in this film. It is
decidedly character-driven, and the characters are interesting, but I can't say I was glued to
the screen because the pace was deliberate, and it was a little talky.
On the other hand, I didn't hit fast forward, and cared about the outcome.
They hit all the marks they intended, and the film has many
Critics Vote ...
British consensus: about
two and a half stars. Telegraph 7/10, Independent 6/10,
Guardian 4/10, Times 8/10, BBC 4/5
- IMDB summary.
IMDb voters score it 7.0/10. (Men 6.9, Women 8.0)
- Although it was generally ignored by
moviegoers in the UK, it found a small niche on the arthouse
circuit in America, where it grossed a million dollars in an
|The meaning of the IMDb
score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics,
or a C- from our system.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one
and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre.
B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film.
C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but
will be considered excellent by genre fans, while
C- indicates that it we found it to
be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable).
D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre.
means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre.
means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for
fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is
recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C-
that often, because we like movies and we think that most of
them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know
that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below
Based on this description,
this is a C+ as a
character-driven drama targeted at mature women.
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