Mother's Milk

  • 15
  • Gerald Fox (2) (2012)
  • UK
  • 98 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This engaging saga accompanies well-heeled Patrick Melrose (Jack Davenport) to Provence for a holiday with his wife and their two sons in the villa that his Alzheimer-afflicted mother Eleanor (Margaret Tyzack) has gifted to a New Age charlatan. However, when she requests his help to arrange her assisted suicide, Patrick is forced to rouse himself from his resentful, booze-fuelled stupor. Adapted by Edward St Aubyn from the Booker-nominated fourth instalment of his acclaimed Melrose Cycle, the movie is light on Patrick's crucial (and harrowing) backstory, so always feels like the continuation of an ongoing story rather than a stand-alone drama. And in accommodating subplots involving his mother-in-law (Diana Quick) and an ex-girlfriend (Flora Montgomery), it often feels like an episode from a TV serial. But the performances are fine and director Gerald Fox ably captures the local ambience and the distorted perspectives generated by Patrick's debilitating self-pity.

Cast and crew


Patrick Melrose
Jack Davenport
Mary Melrose
Annabel Mullion
Seamus O'Dorke
Adrian Dunbar
Eleanor Melrose
Margaret Tyzack
Diana Quick
Annette Badland
Robert Melrose
Thomas Underhill
Jim Packer
Robert Portal
Caroline Hull
Jane How
French nurse
Isalinde Giovangigli
Nanny Jo
Laura Power


Gerald Fox (2)

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Guerilla Films
Available on DVD
Released 9 Nov 2012