For those who live in or know well this city, the very first shot of MOTHERHOOD, the new film from writer/
director Katherine Dieckmann (shown below, right) estab-
lishes where we are (New York). The second tells us in which part of that city (Greenwich Village), while the third is even more specific: We're in the apartment of a young family. This is movie-making of splendid economy and simplicity. The moment a few shots later -- in which the film's star Uma Thurman haltingly samples yesterday's left-over coffee and finds it bearable -- delights by giving us information quickly and stylishly. So simultaneously sleepy, joyous, funny and truthful is the entire opening section that I think it will ring bells for young urban mothers (and, one hopes, for appreciative fathers) of every stripe, everywhere.
Taking place over a single day in the life of mom (a luminously over-taxed Thurman, below, left), dad (a quiet and fine Anthony Edwards (below, right), two-year-old son (David and Matthew Shallipp), about-to-turn-six daughter (Daisy Tahan) and the family dog, the movie mostly tracks the moment-to-moment experiences of this harried writer (who has her own blog about "motherhood") as she tries to do everything necessary to get through this day -- the center of which will be her daughter's birthday party. Various set pieces are scattered throughout the film, the best of which combines dog poop with alternate-side parking, a roofer and a son who likes to climb. Later we discover (new to me, at least) a novel, though expensive, way to find a parking space.
|Via freestyle releasing, the movie opens Friday, October 23, in multiple locations all over the New York City and Los Angeles areas. Further cities/theaters will follow soon. Click here and enter your zip code to locate a theater near you.|