Movies: Honoring Mothers

Lighting up the big screen since the birth of cinema, the characters of the mothers seduce sometimes for their sweetness, sometimes for their courage, their benevolence, their complexity or their exuberance. To celebrate Mother’s Day, here are six movies that tackle motherhood in their own way.

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parallel mothers


parallel mothers

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parallel mothers

More than 20 years after the launch of everything about my mother, the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar takes up the theme of motherhood in this new film that allowed Penélope Cruz —his favorite actress— to win the award for best female performance at the last Venice Film Festival. The film narrates the encounter between two single women, who become pregnant by accident, while preparing to give birth in the hospital.

► Available on Illico and iTunes

stolen doll


stolen doll

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stolen doll

Actress-director Maggie Gyllenhaal deliberately defeats the image of the perfect mother in this psychological drama adapted from a novel by Italian author Elena Ferrante. Nominated for the last Oscars for this role, Olivia Colman plays a university professor in her fifties who is going to spend the holidays alone in a spa in Greece. Meeting her with a young mother (Dakota Johnson), who seems to be having marital problems, will bring up old feelings of guilt for the way she raised her own daughters.

► Available on Netflix

lady bird


lady bird

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lady bird

Writer-director Greta Gerwig was inspired by her troubled relationship with her mother to write this partly autobiographical film that chronicles the final year of school for a 17-year-old girl (Saoirse Ronan) who dreams of leaving the family nest to fly with her own. own. at. It is the excellent Laurie Metcalf who defends the role of this mother as imperfect as it is endearing.

► Available on Crave and iTunes

Mommy


anne dorval in mommy

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anne dorval in mommy

It’s hard to miss this hard-hitting Xavier Dolan film starring Anne Dorval’s stunning performance as a single-parent widow trying to raise her impulsive and violent ADHD teen (Antoine Olivier Pilon) on her own. Before bringing this memorable character to life, Anne Dorval had also played a mother struggling with a troubled teenager in I killed my motherDolan’s first film, released in 2009.

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jane by charlotte


Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in the film Charlotte's Jane

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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in the film Charlotte’s Jane

In this documentary, released in theaters earlier this year, singer-actress Charlotte Gainsbourg takes a tender and intimate look at her mother, Jane Birkin. In Charlotte’s chamber, the two women together address various topics such as the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, transmission, and the difficulties of aging.

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A crazy, crazy, crazy Friday!


A crazy, crazy, crazy Friday!

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A crazy, crazy, crazy Friday!

Imagine if a rebellious 13-year-old girl and her very strict mother could swap bodies (and lives!) for the space of a day… That’s the idea behind this popular 2003 comedy from Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. For the most nostalgic moviegoers, the original version ofA crazy, crazy, crazy Friday! (freaky friday), released in 1976 and starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, is also very funny.

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