Mommy Issues

Mommy Issues

9 Episodes

Whether your mother is your best friend or you’ve got unresolved mommy issues, celebrate the hardest-working women on the planet with these films about the good, the bad, and the ugly of motherhood. Joan Crawford plays a dream mother with a nightmare daughter in the classic anti-family-values noir MILDRED PIERCE, Debbie Reynolds personifies the mom you’ll never be good enough for in Albert Brooks’s all-too-real comedy MOTHER, Margaret Wycherly inspires violent devotion in her gangster son (Jimmy Cagney) in WHITE HEAT, Anne Dorval clashes with a teen Xavier Dolan in I KILLED MY MOTHER, and the inimitable Big Edie presides over the crumbling fantasyland of GREY GARDENS. These women may not all win Mother of the Year, but you’ve got to love them anyway.

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Mommy Issues
  • Mommy Issues Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Mildred Pierce

    Episode 2

    Directed by Michael Curtiz • 1945 • United States
    Starring Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth

    Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her childre...

  • White Heat

    Episode 3

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • United States • 1949
    Starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien

    James Cagney delivers a tour-de-force performance as a murderously psychotic criminal mastermind with an overpowering mother complex in a relentless crime thriller directed by Raoul Walsh. Whil...

  • Onibaba
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    Episode 4

    Onibaba

    Episode 4

    Directed by Kaneto Shindo • 1964 • Japan

    Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark...

  • Grey Gardens

    Episode 5

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer • 1976 • United States

    Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampt...

  • Secrets & Lies

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 1996 • United Kingdom
    Starring Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Timothy Spall

    Mike Leigh’s Palme d’Or–winning masterpiece charts the shockwaves that ripple through an already-fractured London family when Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a successful, adopted ...

  • Mother
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    Episode 7

    Mother

    Episode 7

    Directed by Albert Brooks • 1996 • United States
    Starring Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds

    Following his second divorce, a science fiction author (writer-director Albert Brooks) realizes he is never going to find lasting love if he doesn't straighten out his relationship with his mother first. ...

  • I Killed My Mother

    Episode 8

    Directed by Xavier Dolan • 2009 • Canada
    Starring Ann Dorval, Xavier Dolan

    This semi-autobiographical first feature by Xavier Dolan premiered at Cannes when the writer-director-star was only twenty years old. Hubert Minel (Dolan) is a sixteen-year-old Québécois living in suburban Montreal wi...

  • Tiny Furniture

    Episode 9

    Directed by Lena Dunham • 2010 • United States

    Lena Dunham got her start making YouTube videos, but she emerged as a major talent thanks to the breakthrough success of this exceptionally sharp comedy, which garnered the twenty-four-year-old writer-director-actor comparisons to the likes of Woo...