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Mrs Lowry and Son

Mrs Lowry & Son (PG)

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Director: Adrian Noble
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall
Duration: 91 minutes

Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave star in Mrs Lowry & Son. Directed by Adrian Noble, former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. This is the beautiful, delicate, intimate and amusing story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S. Lowry, one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century, and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother.

Lowry, not yet established as an artist, works as a rent collector, walking the streets of Salford, mixing with factory workers and observing the town closely. In the evenings, he takes art classes and paints until the early hours of the morning. He is resolutely loyal and well-mannered towards his bitter mother, Elizabeth, who tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions and never misses a chance to tell him what a disappointment he is to her.

Engrossing and entertaining, Mrs Lowry & Son offers up a veritable masterclass in acting, with Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall spellbinding as a mother and son separated by art and ambition.

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