This one caught up with me. I don't know why I didn't realize what day this was, but this week has kind of run away from me. But it's Thursday, and that means another Thursday Movie Picks post! This week's theme is a near and dear one for me, and so I'm excited to play along.
The theme of the week is:
Well, I live with a woman who is a mother and who has bore me two daughters and so there is something truly special about a theme like this one. I also have a mother who has bore four daughters and so I know how tumultuous these relationships can be. Sweet and sour, ain't that the truth! So, these are my picks for the theme; a little of both.
|Imitation of Life|
This was the first film I thought of because the mother/daughter dynamic is so strong here, so present, and so heartbreaking (OMG, that final scene), and Moore's performance is so strong, SO STRONG! You can feel every ounce of her maternal concern, every single breaking heartstring as she strives for what's best for a young girl who is bound to explore her worst.
Loss is something we all have to face, but in the eyes (and hearts) of a child, loss can be entirely too overwhelming and can, in many ways, be extremely hard to process, especially if you are aware that the loss is coming. Throw in a stepmother and you have a really rough patch for a young girl, but the love of a mother can shine through in just the right moment, reminding her that she is loved and love does go on. That photo scene...I don't even want to think about it right now.
While Brave is not my favorite animated movie, princess movie or Pixar movie, and I was quite irritated with it's Oscar win over the far more deserving Wreck-It Ralph, there is something very special about this movie. While most princess movies either kill off the parents or focus solely on the father/daughter relationship, Brave sits so beautifully in the pocket of mother/daughter and really fleshes it out in so many interesting ways.