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Thank goodness for Anne Reid
on 4 February 2013
As others have mentioned, this is not a feelgood movie. Anne Reid's superb portrayal of May, a woman whose life with her husband is truly mundane, whereby a pair of slippers is the most significant aspect of their relationship, holds the film together very well. Soon after the start of the film, when they go to stay with her son and daughter in law, her husband, whose shoes she had to tie and whose vest she had to pull on over his head that morning, is dancing away with the daughter in law quite happily, the expression on her face captures the "he's never like this with me" feeling perfectly.
Her husband dies that night, and from the hospital, the next day, the son drives her back to her empty house. "Bye then!". May almost has to beg to go back with him - and the daughter in law bitches and moans about it in her earshot on arrival. The rather wimpy son is keener to appease his wife than to say "she's just lost her husband of xx years - she needs us".
So she goes to stay with the daughter (Paula) instead - although Paula's only pleased to see her Mother as a babysitter. After a bout of therapy the next day, Paula just *has* to tell her Mother - made a widow just two days ago - that she was a lousy Mum who never encouraged her (no doubt the therapist told her to confront her Mother). "What about me, Mum? Me! Me! Me!".
It just kind of goes downhill from there.
Paula remains a totally unlikeable character throughout, and her final scene with her Mother near the end of the film (and the apathetic response of her son to these events as well) makes you wish May would write the two little <<nasty words>> out of her will and give it all to charity.
Still - at least she got to shag Daniel Craig.