10 Fascinating Films Exploring Mother-Daughter Relationship

Today (11th) is Mother’s Day in the UK, and I am exploring a mother-daughter relationship on screen. At times, this relationship is sweet and inspiring, at other times – it is challenging and even devastating. Recent films that explore (partially or otherwise) a mother-daughter relationship include “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya”, and the question arises – what other movies do the same? In no particular order:

Terms of Endeartment PosterI. Terms of Endearment (1983)  

This is a comical tearjerker of a movie about the relationship of a mother and her daughter (Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger), and its enduring nature. Underneath, the movie is about many things, such as accepting people for who they are and making peace. The film also features the performance from Jack Nicholson.  

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Mildren PierceII. Mildred Pierce (1945) 

 The film perhaps shows a more destructive mother-daughter relationship, but a relationship neverthelessJoan Crawford gives an outstanding performance as the mother of a spoiled daughter Veda (Ann Blyth) who only thinks about social-climbing and is ashamed of her mother’s blue-collar profession. Will there be a time when Veda goes too far and Mildred snaps?  

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“Margaret” Review

MargaretMargaret (2011)

Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) is a somewhat spoiled and opinionated seventeen year old girl living with her mom, Joan (J. Smith-Cameron), an actress and her little brother in New York City. After witnessing a bus accident, in which she believes herself and a driver (Mark Ruffalo) to be guilty, Lisa’s views on life and people around her begin to change. As she immerses herself in an adult life, trying to understand the full consequences of her actions, she soon realises that there is no easy road to redemption and her connection with her family is the most valuable thing in the world.

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