Sunday, March 27, 2016

100 reasons why Mommy is my favorite film of all time: Part VII

Moving on from 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50 & 51-60...

Reason #61

Reason #62

The way Die's fingers lightly tug on Steve's socks, those brightly colored foxes, that subliminal gesture of a woman trying to hold onto her son's childhood, trying to keep something safe that is no longer safe.

Reason #63 

The way that Die's face literally 'fades' in and out during this scene.

Reason #64

Here is our warning.  We don't know what's about to happen, but Kyla is preparing us with her words to her husband.  We know that everything we are about to believe is happening is not, in reality, what is happening.

Reason #65

This is about to get messy.  Die is about to spill truth tea all over her son and yet, as honest and beautiful her words are going to be, this shot foretells how messy and painful it's all going to be in the end.

Reason #66

The TRUTH!  This moment delivers all the feels because it is possibly the most honest thing any film about this subject has ever said.  Good times, bad times, a parent only loves.  In fact, as times get rough, it's almost as if a parent does love 'stronger' or 'harder' because of that said adversity.  In the depths of pain and sorrow a parent's heart breaks over their child, and that heart break is caused by the love literally being too big for the heart to carry.

Like she says...

Reason #67

Reason #68

This song along deserved it's own 'reason', because while the entire soundtrack works beautifully within the context provided, this song and it's placement over the next scene and everything that this scene means and says and is and becomes and makes me feel and I'm shaking right now but honestly, this song brings every single feeling back to me every time I hear it.  It is the absolute most perfect usage of a song in any motion picture that ever was; period.

Reason #69

For the first time, we actually see the world in which Die and Steve (and Kyla) are living.  Until this moment, we are held back from that, as if Die and Steve are isolated, alone, trapped, but here their world is broadened to such an extent that it becomes a part of something bigger.  The reality of what this moment truly is only makes this shot that much sadder.

Reason #70

There are a few things I love about this moment.  The first being the subtle shift in Kyla's face.  It's a moment that last all of 2 seconds and if you aren't really looking it won't register, but the way her smile, her laugh, fades to produce a knowing sadness is so beautifully captured because it fades with such genuineness.  This doesn't feel like an acting moment, like an exaggerated embellishment forced on by the director to add 'depth' or 'meaning' to the scene.  It fades with such naturalism that it's as if Clement were actually experiencing this herself.  The second is the necklace, which Kyla plays with as she's laughing and it's almost as if her personal connection to her past is what reminds her that she's about to experience the same guttural hurt.


  1. Man, #66 hit me hard, and I'm not even a parent. #68 would easily make my list as well. So good.

  2. Going through this just says how many brilliant scenes are in this movie. I agree that #66 is so eartwrenching.