The Mother Image

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

Summary: 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 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 really know what he wants or even if he did how to get it. What will happen may also depend on Paula if she finds out what's going on.
Runtime: 112 min
Rating: Rated R for sexual content including graphic images of sexuality, language and brief drug use.
Production: BBC Films
Genres: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Language: English
Home Release Date: Oct 12, 2004
Director Credit
Roger Michell Director
Writer Credit
Hanif Kureishi Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Anna Wilson-Jones Helen
Daniel Craig Darren
Cast Credit
Anne Reid May
Carlo Kureishi Jack
Cathryn Bradshaw Paula
Danira Govich Au Pair
Harry Michell Harry
Izabella Telezynska Polish Cleaner
Jonah Coombes Estate Agent
Oliver Ford Davies Bruce
Peter Vaughan Toots
Rosie Michell Rosie
Sachin Kureishi Jack
Simon Mason Man In Tate Gallery
Steven Mackintosh Bobby
Producer Credit
Angus Finney Executive Producer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Kevin Loader Producer
Rosa Romero Line Producer
Stephen Evans Executive Producer
Tracey Scoffield Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: