Don’t forget – today is Mother’s Day and your opportunity to do something extra special for her. You could buy her flowers, give her a card with chocolates, take her out to lunch or watch one of these movies with maternal moments. Send her a message rooted in dialogue and plot, depending on your relationship – we won’t judge.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Julian Schnabel, 2007
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) who suffered a stroke in 1995 that rendered him mute and almost completely paralyzed in this adaptation of Bauby’s autobiography, which he dictated by blinking his left eye. In this scene, while Jean-Do gives his father (Max von Sydow) a shave, the two discus women in their past, present, and books.
Flirting with Disaster
David O. Russell, 1996
In a quest to find his biological parents, Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller), joined by his wife (Patricia Arquette) and a sexy adoption counselor (Tea Leoni), embarks on a cross country search for his roots. As he careens from one outrageous situation to another, Mel finds himself tempted by the seductive counselor, even as his wife starts a flirtation of her own. By the time they meet up with his free-spirited birth parents, the whole situation is spinning hysterically out of control. In this scene, while visiting his mother, Mel finds a baby name he likes…and a few things he likes about Tina too.
Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck, 2007
When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl’s aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons – they’re not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart. Amy Ryan earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Amanda’s troubled single mother, Helene McCready. In this scene, the police discover that Helene’s drug problem is far more costly than just a little addiction.
Stephen Frears, 1990
When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (John Cusack) winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) and sexy girlfriend Myra. Both Lilly and Myra are ruthless con-artists playing the game in a league far above Roy…and always looking for their next victim. The question soon becomes who’s conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust. In this scene, while eating alone at a diner, Lilly receives some unwelcome company.
In the Bedroom
Todd Fields, 2001
The Fowlers are a typical family in Maine. Matt (Tom Wilkinson) is the town doctor and loves to fish, his wife, Ruth (Sissy Spackek), is the school’s choir leader, and their son, Frank (Nick Stahl), is home from his first year of college. Frank has fallen in love with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), a mother who isn’t quite divorced yet from her husband, Richard Strout, whose family runs the local cannery. It makes Richard’s blood run cold to see his wife running around with another man. When the affair takes a sudden and tragic turn, the Fowlers are forced to confront the harsh reality of their situation and the inescapable consequences of their actions. In this scene, a cookout to celebrate Duncan’s birthday turns tense when an unexpected visitor drops in.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Quentin Tarantino, 2003
Four years after Beatrix’s (Uma Thurman) apparent death, Vernita (Vivica Fox) receives a visit from her, which triggers an immediate fight between the two. After wrecking the living room while having a bloody, hand-to-hand combat, Vernita’s daughter comes home, dropped off by her school bus, forcing the two to pause the intense fight. In this scene, The Bride pays Vernita an expected visit.
Alejandro Amenábar, 2001
Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) appears to be a devoted protector, shielding her two light-sensitive children in an isolated mansion in Jersey just after the second world war. But is she ill or simply manipulative? The film is full of clues – Daddy went off to the war and never returned; the servants keep leaving; the house is haunted by ghosts. Grace herself tells the children stories about the undead trapped in eternal limbo. Kidman is stunning as the ultra-religious blonde perfectionist stifling her offspring with her maternal care. In this scene, Grace hears crying and runs to her children’s aid, only to discover, the tears aren’t coming from them.
Jane Campion, 1993
Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman (Holly Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave. In this scene, Ada and Flora, arrive at their new home rather unceremoniously.