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Mrs Lowry and Son Rated PG

Mrs Lowry and Son

Dir. Adrian Noble. UK, 2019. 1h 31m. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Stephen Lord, David Schaal, Wendy Morgan, Michael Keogh.

LS Lowry, not yet established as an artist, works as a rent collector walking the streets of Salford and lives with his mother. Bed-ridden and bitter, Mrs Lowry actively dissuades her son from pursuing his artistic ambitions. This amusing story of the brittle relationship between Lowry, one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century, and his mother is given the intimate feel of a stage play thanks to the direction of seasoned theatre director Adrian Noble.

'Noble delivers what is really theatre on screen, clingfilmed sandwiches rustling from the stalls. But Spall and Redgrave excel and the art endures.' ★★★★ Danny Leigh, The FT

'Redgrave is on mesmerising form and, at 82, delivers one of the turns of her career as a bed-bound matriarch who seethes with self pity'. ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times