Ahead of Mother’s Day 2019, our staff picked some of their favourite on screen portrayals of mothers. Exploring motherhood from varied angles, these films put forward brilliant performances to portray all the inspiring, powerful, wholehearted, caring, badass and resilient mothers we adore.
Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, a resilient mother who takes homeless football player Michael Oher under her wing and welcomes him into her family. Her touching performance is unforgettable.
Patricia Arquette won an Oscar as ‘Best Suporting Actress’ for her role of the mother in Boyhood. This groundbreaking film shot over 12 years with the same cast immerses us in the family life of Mason largely through his perspective, while bringing focus on his single mother’s own life experiences. Their dialogue before Mason goes to college is a tear-jerking scene which paints a quintessential image of a mother’s personal journey as her children grow up.
Fresh out of jail, Rose-Lynn is a young mother of two, determined to make it in the country music scene. Bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek, Rose-Lynn learns to balance her life as a mother, her relationship with her own mum and her dream of becoming a country music star.
In this touching and witty film, Nic and Jules, a lesbian married couple see their family life reshaping as their two children seek out their biological father.
Lady Bird brings a beautiful portrayal of a complex yet relatable mother and daughter relationship in this beloved coming-of-age story. Regardless of whether this mother-daughter relationship between Lady Bird and Marion mirrors your own, you can’t help but empathise with their messy, frustrating yet loving dynamic.
In this highly emotional and sorrowful film, Ma’s (Brie Larson) unconditional love and devotion to her son proves vital in keeping the two alive in an imprisoned state. Room illustrates the power of a mother-son dynamic through an unconventional story line.
Elasticgirl from The Incredibles is simply put the ultimate badass mum. Balancing her role as Helen Parr, a normal suburban mother of three children and being an undercover superhero saving the world from villains, Elasticgirl can do pretty much anything.
Regina King’s recent performance as Sharon Rivers, the perseverant mother in If Beale Street Could Talk, has earned her an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. Sharon Rivers empathizing with her daughter Tish’s suffering goes to extreme lengths to save Tish’s lover and fight for the rights of her soon to be born grandchild. Regina King puts forth an intimate and powerful portrayal of motherhood.
All About My Mother explores varied tales of motherhood and femininity through stories of sexuality, child loss, caring and aging. Almodovar gives a voice and celebrates motherhood in a sensible and surprising way.
Mildred is a fierce and relentless mother seeking justice for the murder of her daughter. Determined to get the truth out about the police’s inability to solve the case, Mildred presents an intense portrayal of a mother’s devotion, pain and guilt. Frances McDormand’s performance earned her an Oscar for ‘Best Actress’.
Happy Mother’s Day!