When words are lacking, it is easier to find expression and identification through art, be it a book that touches on any of our dormant questions, a song that brings us back to important moments, a series that arouses empathy or a film capable of staying in our heads for months (or even years).
And speaking of film, cinema is a master at exploring and translating stories – based or not on real events – that have motherhood as a central theme. As with TV series, there are several films capable of portraying, whether with good humor, sensitivity or discomfort, relationships between mothers and children in all its complexity.
Our mission here is to select a very tasty menu to entertain you. Among Disney options (great to see with the little ones), thrilling dramas and light comedies, we’ve put together 10 movies ideal for playing on the couch this Mother’s Day.
To see with the little ones:
There are a number of Disney stories that focus on parent-child relationships, such as “The Lion King” and “Finding Nemo”, but that is not the case for Valente, Pixar’s first animation featuring a female character. The film, in short, is about Mérida, the ‘brave’, and her refusal to marry out of obligation, but deep down it is much more than that.
The story discusses the somewhat troubled relationship between Mérida and her mother Elinor, and talks about what it takes to appreciate their love for each other, even in the midst of differences, in addition to reminding us that our sons and daughters are not. they are projections of our dreams, they are other individuals with their own wishes and dreams.
Where to watch: Disney +
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As the title already says, ‘Maleficent’ is about one of Disney’s greatest villains, originally from the history of Sleeping Beauty. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film shows that Maleficent was not always bad, and explains the reasons that made her change her behavior.
Ultimately, the plot is also about a maternal feeling and the healing of conflicts through love.
Where to Watch: Disney +
To have a good laugh:
My Mother is a Play: The Movie (2013)
Written, starring and immortalized by actor Paulo Gustavo, ‘Minha Mãe é uma Play’ is based on the play of the same name, playing in Brazilian theaters for many years, always breaking audience records.
The film, one of the most watched in theaters in Brazil, is a comedy that basically addresses the relationship between the protagonist Dona Hermínia, a middle-aged housewife, and her adult children.
With sassy humor, the feature has two sequences and is a portrait of the overprotective – and iconic – mothers of this Brazil. And it is worth reviewing to kill the longing for dear Paulo Gustavo, who left us in 2021, victim of the covid-19.
Where to Watch: Globoplay, Google Play Movies, Now Online, Telecine Play and Vivo Play
Perfect is the mother! (2016)
Light and great for (un) occupying the head, ‘Perfect is the mother!’ it stars Mila Kunis, who plays Amy – a young mother who tries not to overburden herself with taking care of her children, succeeds in a job that explores her and, moreover, discovers a betrayal by her current husband.
Amy’s life changes when she meets Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell), other mothers in a similar situation to yours. It is from there that the three start to live a life with more freedom and less guided by the myth of maternal perfection.
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and HBO GO
Mamma Mia! (2008)
A fun classic full of songs that stick to your head – all versions of ABBA hits – ‘Mamma Mia!’ is the kind of film that makes your heart warm.
The story, the result of the homonymous play, takes place in Greece and is about Donna (Meryl Streep), who owns a hotel in the region that prepares the wedding of her daughter Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). What Donna doesn’t know, however, is that Sophie is on a mission to find out who her real father is, and decides to invite the three possible “candidates” to the party. And if you like it, there’s still the continuation …
Onde Assistir: Google Play Movies, Looke, Now Online
To think about:
All About My Mother (1999)
Award-winning film by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, the feature film released in 1999 addresses socially relevant issues to this day, such as sexual identity and living with the HIV virus. The story begins with the protagonist Manuela (Cecilia Roth) watching her son being run over and dying on his birthday.
After the tragedy, however, Manuela decides to go to the boy’s father, who lives in Barcelona, but connects with other women along the way, among them the nun Rosa, played by Penélope Cruz, and the transvestite Agrado (Antonia San Juan). Sensitive, beautiful and the kind that makes you think.
Onde Assistir: Telecine play, Now online, Mubi, Google Play Movies
What time does she come back? (2015)
In a memorable performance by Regina Casé, the Brazilian film directed by Anna Muylaert highlights the story of the protagonist Val, a maid who moves to São Paulo to find a new job, leaving her daughter Jéssica (Camila Márdila) in Pernambuco.
Years later, Jéssica meets her mother, who started working for more than a decade at the home of a family from the upper middle class of São Paulo, which generates a series of discomfort and conflicts between bosses and employees.
In addition to talking about the class inequality so prevalent in Brazil, the film is also about love and complicity between a mother and a daughter.
Where to watch: Now Online, Telecine Play, Vivo Play
Lady Bird (2017)
Directed by Greta Gerwig, ‘Lady Bird – Time to Fly’ is a film about the transition from adolescence to adulthood – and all the conflicts involved in this phase. The protagonist of the story is Christine, or ‘Lady Bird’ (Saoirse Ronan), who throughout the film suffers from maturing while dealing with her own and her mother’s expectations, played by Laurie Metcalf.
The relationship between mother and daughter represented in the feature generates immediate identification: it is imperfect, full of swoops and friction and, in the end, it does not allow us to choose a side: while the girl wants to dream big, her mother insists on protecting her from Your way.
Onde Assistir: Google Play Movies, Looke, Now Online
To get emotional:
Jack’s room (2015)
It is in a small room that Joy (Brie Larson) lives alone with her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), and tries at all costs to give the boy a “normal” life, in which they play, explore their imagination and enjoy the company of each other. another, even in captivity. Both are in this situation because of a man who raped Joy and has held her ever since.
Things change when Jack turns five, and then Joy tries to escape with her son – while breaking away from their private world and moving on to the challenges of life outside. Based on a book of the same name, the film earned Brie Larson an Oscar for Best Actress.
Where to Watch: Google Play Movies, Netflix, Telecine Play and Vivo Play
Of the type that holds attention from beginning to end, ‘Lion – A Journey Home’ shows, in detail, the trajectory of the young Indian Saroo (Dev Patel), who at the age of 25 and with the courage to decide to go in search of his mother biological, of which he remembers very little or almost nothing.
Exciting, the film also portrays the suffering past of Saroo, who lost his brother at a train station as a child, which is why he ends up moving away from the blood family and, after some time, adopted by a couple of Australians.
Onde Assistir: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, HBO GO