Two Mothers

Australia | 2013 | 100 minutes | Anne Fontaine

Based on a novella by Doris Lessing, this gripping tale of love, lust, and the power of friendship, Two Mothers charts the unconventional and passionate affairs embarked upon by two lifelong friends, Lil and Roz, who fall in love with each other's sons.

May 17, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 18, 2013
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Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) have been best friends since childhood. In middle age, they find themselves still close, now single (Lil a divorcée, Roz a widower), with adult sons, Tom and Ian, who are also friends. With summer upon them, the group spends their days sunning on the beach and swimming in the sea. One night after a dinner at which everyone has had a bit too much to drink, Tom makes a pass at Lil. When Ian discovers their secret shortly afterward, he follows suit with Roz. But what begins as a Chardonnay-fueled misstep soon takes on a life of its own, with repercussions that prove hard to predict or contain. Director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) handles her material with intelligence and empathy, avoiding easy answers to the complicated questions sometimes raised by the human heart. Based on a novella by British Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing.

Director Biography
Anne Fontaine, also an acclaimed actress, made her cinematic directing debut in 1993 with the award-winning feature Les histoires d'amour finissent mal...en général. Her following feature, Dry Cleaning (1997), won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, and Coco Before Chanel (2009) was nominated for a BAFTA Award.

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Director: Anne Fontaine
Principal Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frechevile
Country: Australia, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Dominique Besnehard, Philippe Carcassonne, Michel Feller, Francis Boespflug, Andrew Mason
Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Cinematographers: Christophe Beaucarne
Editors: Luc Barnier
Music: Christopher Gordon
Filmography: My Worst Nightmare (2011); Coco Before Chanel (2009); The Girl from Monaco (2008); Nouvelle chance (2006); Entre ses mains (2005); Nathalie... (2003); How I Killed My Father (2001)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Exclusive Releasing
International Sales: CAA
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