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by Roger Michell


May is 65. An ordinary granny from the suburbs. When her husband dies she finds herself thrown upon the mercy of her far-too-busy metropolitan children. Stuck in London, far from home, her kids abusing or avoiding her, she feels that life for her is more or less over. Until... The granny from the sticks, the old lady you don't even notice in the supermarket, the broken woman who's life is finished, falls headlong, suddenly, rapturously, disarmingly, girlishly, carnally in love. With a man half her age.

international title: The Mother
original title: The Mother
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Renaissance Films
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Roger Michell
film run: 112'
release date: UK 14/11/2003, GR 28/11/2003, AT 18/12/2003, IR 16/01/2004, IT 16/01/2004, SE 20/02/2004, DK 05/03/2004, NO 05/03/2004, FR 10/03/2004, NL 06/05/2004, ES 28/05/2004, CZ 17/06/2004, BE 14/07/2004
screenplay: Hanif Kureishi
cast: Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, Cathryn Bradshaw, Steven Mackintosh, Anna Wilson-Jones, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter Vaughan, Rosie Michell
cinematography by: Alwin Kuchler
film editing: Nicolas Gaster
art director: Mark Tildesley, Mark Digby, Michelle Day
costumes designer: Natalie Ward
music: Jeremy Sams
producer: Kevin Loader, David M Thompson, Tracey Scoffield, Angus Finney, Stephen Evans
production: Free Range Films, BBC Films, Renaissance Films
distributor: Renaissance Films, Lucky Red (IT), Vertigo (ES), Concorde Filmverleih GmbH (DE), UFD (FR), Odeon (GR), Hollywood Classic Entertainment (CZ)


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