Every last Thursday of the month, Thursday Movie Picks has a running theme called All in the Family Edition. This week, it's all about mother and daughter relationships. Like last month, I decided to focus on the relationships between the two instead of picking mother-daughter movies. Here are my picks this week:
I wouldn’t pass up the chance to write about one of my favorite movies from last year! Obvious Child is about a woman who is trying to get her life together, mistakenly labelled as an abortion movie. One of the pressures in Donna’s life to get her act straight is her mother, who is always asking her about the next step she’s going to take. So when Donna is going to get an abortion, the person she was most afraid to talk about her situation with (besides Max) is her mother. So the moment between mother and daughter was a beautiful scene, as it bridges the two of them closer, something that Donna wasn’t certainly expecting.
Whatever happened to Winona Ryder? I haven’t seen much of her filmography but I really enjoyed her performance in Mermaids. It’s a coming of age movie about Charlotte Flax, who lives with her mother and younger sister. Cher was delightful here, and she and Ryder, as well as Christina Ricci had great onscreen maternal bond. This was such a fun movie, a 1990’s favorite of mine.
I guess this is what you can call a twisted relationship, considering how Carrie and her mother are in Brian De Palma’s Carrie. She has been completely sheltered in her life due to her mother’s religious fanaticism and her personal growth has suffered because of it. Both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie are fantastic in their role, and despite the horrific aspects (not a fan of horror), I really liked the execution of the film. .