Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, or Sally Field’s portrayal of the saintly single mom in Forrest Gump, are two examples of mothers reduced to caricature on television. Mothers may be some of the most compelling characters in movie when they are shown with their subtleties, peculiarities and personal agency intact. Ahead, we’ve listed eight films on fatherhood that are sure to make you feel better in the present now.
1. Away We Go (2009)
They have just three months to determine where to raise their family in Sam Mendes’s emotional road movie, Verona (Maya Rudolph). In the midst of their journey from insecure thirtysomethings to responsible adults they meet old friends, family, and coworkers in Phoenix, Tucson, Montreal, and Miami. It’s a melancholy and poignant look at the joys and challenges of becoming a parent.
2. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
In Lisa Cholodenko’s heartwarming family story, two mothers are better than one. A couple’s life are upended when their children (Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska) search down their biological father (Mark Ruffalo), a sperm donor who never anticipated seeing them. Marriage and parenting are shown in a refreshingly contemporary light, with its awkward dinners, silly disputes, and glimpses of midlife crisis.
3. Boyhood (2014)
For her performance in Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age story, Patricia Arquette won an Oscar, the Golden Globe and the industry’s admiration. Olivia (Ellar Coltrane) and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) are raised by their mother against all odds. She doesn’t profess to have all the answers, but she perseveres through adult education, financial difficulties, and an abusive relationship.
4. 20th Century Women (2016)
It is a love letter to his mother, Mike Mills’s mother, in Mike Mills’ semi-autobiographical story of growing up in the 1970s. In the film, Dorothea, a fictionalized version of Annette Bening, is depicted as the proprietor of a boarding home where eccentric individuals such as a photographer, a free-spirited kid, and Dorothea’s son Jamie live (Lucas Jade Zumann). He is moulded by the feminism and paradoxes of these exceptional women, who co-parent him.
5. Lion (2016)
Garth Davis’s heartbreaking drama is based on the true incident of a five-year-old boy who gets lost at a train station in India. Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar both played Saroo, a young Indian orphan who is taken in by an Australian couple and adopted (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Years later, he sets out on a journey to find his birth mother and the small hamlet he abandoned as a young boy. It’s an emotional climax that reinforces the importance of our biological and adopted parents.
6. Lady Bird (2017)
While Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), have an extremely strained relationship, they are bonded together by a mutual regard and love for each other. Greta Gerwig’s wonderful comedy, which chronicles Lady Bird’s final year of high school, is filled with vignettes of their favorite mother-daughter activities: crying over audiobooks, looking at houses they can’t afford, and visiting sunny Sacramento, at the core of the story.
7. Tully (2018)
Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a mother of three, and sleepless nights, lonely days, and postpartum psychosis are the norm until she meets Tully (Mackenzie Davis), a nanny who transforms her life. This is the third time director Jason Reitman has worked with writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) on a film, and it’s full of the same biting wit as the others. An honest depiction of motherhood’s trials, as well as the social pressures Marlo has to fight, is presented in this book.
8. The Farewell (2019)
Awkwafina’s standout performance in Lulu Wang’s bittersweet comedy about a family in turmoil gives the film its foundation. She portrays Billi, a young woman who travels to China to visit her ailing grandmother (Zhao Shuzhen). The matriarch is kept in the dark about the development, and an unplanned wedding is planned to bring the family together one more time before she passes away. You will want to call your mother (and grandmother) immediately after reading this book’s profound observations.