Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

The Mother 2003

Directed by Roger Michell

UK In English
112 minutes 35mm



Hanif Kureishi


Alwin Kuchler


Nicolas Gaster


Jeremy Sams


Anne Reid
Daniel Craig
Steven Mackintosh


Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2003


Made by talented British director Roger Michell (Persuasion, Notting Hill) The Mother features a relatively unknown sixty-something British actress named Anne Reid in the title role, and she's terrific. The perceptive, no-holds-barred script about a widow suddenly reawakened to her sexuality by a younger man was written by Hanif Kureishi. 

“A finely-shaded performance from veteran actress Anne Reid is the shining centre of The Mother, a shrewd and believable portrait of an older woman’s belated revolt… A thoughtful companion piece to the kind of themes previously explored in Shirley Valentine, it unfolds with a graceful sureness of touch… Born into a generation of women willing to accept their fate and do their duty, Reid’s May is fearful that the excitement and passion of life have passed her by… Attentive and loving, May is sleepwalking through her own life, concealing hidden depths and feelings that nobody may ever know about. The death of her husband and the kiss of a handsome young prince are the two things that awaken this sleeping beauty.” — Allan Hunter, Screendaily