Bleak, bold and uniquely British, The Mother slipped in and out of cinemas, just as ignored as its pensioner protagonist. Yet as Anne Reid's randy grandmother proves to have untapped potential, so this perceptive drama deserves closer attention on DVD.
Visiting her adult offspring with ancient hubby in tow, May (Reid) is quickly widowed and then unwanted, her sprogs too busy to care. Left to lounge around the house with only Daniel Craig's handsome handyman for company, the crinkly OAP is soon heading for the spare room to become a sexagenarian sexpot, her vital lovemaking driving a darkly funny drama about our attitudes to age, family and the narcissistic nature of hollowed-out London lives.
Hanif Kureishi's clever, occasionally didactic script is nimbly shot by Notting Hill helmer Roger Michell, who draws mirth from the misery without ever copping out.