31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A surprise gem,
This review is from: The Mother [DVD]  (DVD)
I came across this film by accident and really liked it. It's such an interesting story (how wonderful at last to see an older woman being portrayed as a sexual being and having sex with a younger guy!) The acting from the two leads was amazing and the scenes totally believable. The film also said a lot about the fragmentation of modern families and how lonely a place the family unit can actually be. As previous reviewers have said, there are few characters to actually like in this film but whilst the two main leads play characters that are rounded and believable (if not always likeable), I found the characters of the children strangely unsatisfying and this is why I have given it four stars rather than five. The film makes it clear that May was not always an easy mother but I still found her children's hostility indifference to her slightly baffling - the two children came across as slightly two dimensional characters. However, the main focus of the film was on the relationship between Darren and May and I thought this was portrayed brilliantly. Overall, a highly recommended film.