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From writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell. collaborators onThe Buddha of Suburbia, The Mother is a compelling and biting contemporary British drama, in which an ageing widow seduces her daughter's lover. With its heady mix of sex, love and death, the film paints an achingly heartfelt portrart of two people who defy convention, with surprising results. Selected for Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this year, The Mother is highlighted by Michell's knowing eye for detail, Kureishi's engaging screenplay and two powerful performances from Anne Reid and Daniel Craig as the unorthodox couple.