10 Women Directed Films About Mothers & Motherhood*
The Babadook(2014)Jennifer Kent A troubled widow (Essie Davis) discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children’s book.
Electrick Children(2012) Rebecca Thomas Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the “father” of her miracle baby.
Friends with Kids(2011) Jennifer Westfeldt Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships.
Mamma Mia! (2008) Phyllida Lloyd Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.
Or, My Treasure(2004) Keren Yedaya Or shoulders a lot: she’s 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv.
Ride(2014) Helen Hunt A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Saving Face(2004) Alice Wu A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.
Stories We Tell(2012) Sarah Polley Through a series of revealing interviews, filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates the truth about her family history.
Waitress (2007) Adrienne Shelly Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
We Need To Talk About Kevin(2011) Lynne Ramsay Eva Khatchadourian is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin. Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what’s worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin, she can’t seem to bond with him.
*Some of which you might not want to watch with your mother.