Mrs Lowry & Son
UK | 2019 | | 91 mins
- Director: Adrian Noble (‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’)
- Writer: Martyn Hesford
- Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Stephen Lord, Wendy Morgan, David Schaal, John Alan Roberts, Joanne Pearce
An essay on family, and life, by two of the greatest living actors.
Ron Wilkinson, It’s Just Movies
Beloved British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall) lived all his life with his over-bearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave).
Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.
On the screen, Mrs Lowry and Son, much like one of Lowry’s own paintings, is a wee gem on a small canvas, full of loving details within its apparently simple and unadorned style.
Graeme Tuckett, Stuff.co.nz
If often sad and unsettling, the film is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction by Adrian Noble, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times