Mother's Milk

Mother's Milk

Gerald Fox (2) (2012)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 & Crew

Patrick Melrose Jack Davenport
Mary Melrose Annabel Mullion
Seamus O'Dorke Adrian Dunbar
Eleanor Melrose Margaret Tyzack
Kettle Diana Quick
Margaret Annette Badland
Robert Melrose Thomas Underhill
Jim Packer Robert Portal
Caroline Hull Jane How
French nurse Isalinde Giovangigli
Nanny Jo Laura Power
Director Gerald Fox (2)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Guerilla Films Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 9 Nov 2012

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