The Mother

The Mother Synopsis

May is an ordinary grandmother from the suburbs. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children’s lives.  Stuck in an unfamiliar city far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over. Until, that is, she falls for Darren, a man half her age who is renovating her son’s house and sleeping with her daughter.  

Written by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell, THE MOTHER is a delicate and profound study of ageing and desire; a shocking and tender definition of family life in the 21st century.



Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, Peter Vaughan, Anna Wilson Jones, Steven Mackintosh


Roger Michell


Kevin Loader


Hanif Kureishi

Executive Producers:

Stephen Evans, Angus Finney, Tracey Scoffield, David M. Thompson

Sales agent:

BBC Films


Momentum Pictures

Credits summary:

BBC Films presents in association with Renaissance Films A Free Range Films Production



Running time:

112 mins

Release Dates


14 November 2003

Out on DVD

24 May 2004

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