Disagreements, differences, reconciliations and love of the purest; mothers accompany their children through thick and thin, lead new family models and celebrate their day on the first Sunday of May. Below is a list of feature films in which all types of maternity hospitals have a place.
‘Lady Bird’ (2017)
The most sought-after director of this 2023 on the occasion of the next premiere of Barbie, Greta Gerwig directed in 2017 this dramatic feature film starring saoirse ronan. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, lives in Sacramento and is in her last year of high school in the middle of the selection process to be able to enter a university on the other side of the country. Eager to leave her hometown and her dysfunctional family, she will have to deal with the pressure of societal expectations and her own uncertainty about the future of her relationship with her mother.
‘Parallel mothers’ (2021)
Pedro Almodovar directs this drama starring Penélope Cruz, Milena Smith and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. In a hospital, while waiting to give birth to their babies, two women from different backgrounds and circumstances begin to develop an emotional connection that leads them to share their lives and stories. In the form of an ode to femininity, this title explores the struggle of women to find their place in the world, being a sincere and sensitive portrait of motherhood in all its different forms.
‘Put yourself in my place’ (2003)
This early 2000s hit comedy tells the story of a single mother, Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and their teenage daughter, Anna (Lindsay Lohan). The relationship between the two stands out for the regular discussions they have and the differences in their personalities and lifestyles. After getting into a fight at a Chinese restaurant, mother and daughter wake up the next day to find that their bodies have been switched. With this powerful start and exploited in many other films (with comical results), the film begins a story that will lead them to understand each other through empathy.
‘Stay by my side’ (1998)
Isabel (Julia Roberts) is a successful photographer who is forced to play the role of mother to the children of her new partner, Luke (Ed Harris), a divorced man. His ex-wife, Jackie (susan sarandon), recently diagnosed with cancer, intends to dedicate the time she has left to those little ones. The attempt at reconciliation between these two women and the mutual care they both take of the children will lead to a plot full of emotional and touching scenes, also reflecting the harsher and more pessimistic face of fear of loss.
‘The strength of endearment’ (1983)
The evolution of the relationship between Aurora (Shirley McLaine) and their daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), is determined by their differences. The clash between Aurora’s widowhood and Emma’s rebellion will lead to a fight – on the part of both – for mutual understanding. Despite totally different points of view and constant tensions, this mother and daughter will try to find happiness as they explore themes such as love, family, loss and aging.
‘The boys are fine’ (2010)
Nic and Jules, played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moorethey have two teenage children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). Due to the uncertainty and mystery that revolves around the identity of their biological father, the two sons decide to start their search. By finding him, they will make him a member of the family; However, the problems will begin to discover the different lifestyle that this new father has, in contrast to the two mothers who are already experts in the field of motherhood. With four nominations for Oscar awardsincluding Best Picture, Best Actress for Annette Bening and Best Supporting Actress for Mia Wasikowska, this film is a moving and intelligent exploration of the modern family and the complexities of relationships between children and parents.
‘We need to talk about Kevin’ (2011)
Based on the homonymous novel by Lionel Shriver, tells the story of Eva Khatchadourian (tilda swinton), a mother struggling to understand and accept the violent actions of her teenage son, Kevin (ezra miller). With a non-linear structure, it jumps in time between Eva’s present life and her relationship with her son, and her past memories that show how Kevin has been a child with difficulties since childhood. As the plot progresses, a tragedy is revealed that will change their lives and their mother-son relationship forever.