Review by Mark Merrell
I have asked several moms if they could describe what it was like when they initially held their newborn child. Everyone agreed that when they looked into the eyes of their infant for the first time, they fell unconditionally in love, perhaps more deeply than ever before.
Directed and written by Ken Wardrop, (His and Hers, Farewell Packets of Ten), Mom and Me examines the bond between a mother and her son with several experiences. The conduit is, Joe Christiano, a radio host at KVAD in Oklahoma. The movie starts with Joe on his radio show talking about different aspects of his childhood in regard to his mother, and how they interacted.
As Joe talks about memories of his mom, the scene cuts several times, showing us various shots of men going about their lives, listening to the radio, presumably to Joe. The men are from divergent ethnic and economic backgrounds, and interests.
As Joe brings up different topics concerning his mom, the men call the show individually and talk about their moms. A man is on a phone talking to Joe on the radio. Next, the man is talking candidly with their mom and memories of their time together. This repeats itself with each man and his mom in their specific setting. Some talk about how meaningful their moms have been, and what a guiding light or influence they were. The moms also discuss their thoughts about their son. The dialogue between them is honest, thought provoking, and interesting. They all have their individual story, but we see a little of ourselves in each one.
Just as life, the conversations are funny, some are serious, and some are sad, but the one emotion that overwhelming rules each is seeing the unconditional love that the moms and sons have for each other.
Oscar Wilde once wrote that, “All women become their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”
In many aspects this may be true, although I would remind Mr Wilde that we are the sum product of the influence of our parents, be it adoptive or otherwise, especially our mothers, unwittingly or not. A mother’s love for her child, and her son’s for her, although tested at times, is unconditional, for time ever lasting.
U.S theatrical and VOD release May 5
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