Mothering Sunday is a brilliant, sensual film that subverts period drama tropes.

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Mothering Sunday is a brilliant, sensual film that subverts period drama conventions.

Glenda Jackson, an Oscar winner and former Member of Parliament, makes a rare appearance on screen in this quietly subversive film.

In Mothering Sunday, there isn’t any on-screen violence.

The film is set in the early 1920s in the Home Counties and is based on Graham Swift’s novel.

The Great War is barely mentioned at all.

Despite this, the war’s tragic legacy is visible in every frame.

Working from an Alice Birch screenplay, director Eva Husson is oblique in her treatment of her characters’ emotions but unusually forthright in her portrayal of the two main protagonists’ sex lives.

Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), an orphan turned housemaid, and Paul (Josh O’Connor, The Crown), a young toff, have been having an affair.

Paul, on the other hand, is about to marry someone from his own social class.

Despite flashbacks to two different periods in Jane’s life, the majority of the story takes place on a single day, a “Mothering Sunday.”

Jane has been given the day off by Mr Niven (Colin Firth).

“All day long,” she’s been left to herself.

This means a chance to meet up with Paul, who appreciates the break from studying for his law exams.

A lunch party that he’s supposed to attend is taking place by the Thames while they’re making love.

This is a brilliant, sensual, and subversive film that flips traditional costume drama conventions on their heads.

The narrative is told from Jane’s point of view.

She’s been in the military since she was 14 and has uncanny observational abilities.

She adores books and aspires to be a writer, and she has the ideal background for it.

Everyone in this room has a loved one who has passed away.

Jane is told at one point, “How fortunate to have been comprehensively bereaved at birth,” as if orphanhood is a blessing.

Parts of the movie are reminiscent of a Gothic fairy tale.

Jane is shown alone in a sprawling country estate.

The mournful music of composer Morgan Kibby adds to the story’s dreamlike feel.

Firth and Olivia Colman (as Mrs Niven) have minor roles, but they deliver subtle, moving performances as a couple struggling to cope with their grief.

They’re too preoccupied with the formalities of upper-middle-class life to express their feelings anyway.

Young and O’Connor are two of the most well-known figures in the industry.

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Mothering Sunday is a brilliant, sensual film that subverts period drama conventions.

Mothering Sunday, review: An ingenious, sensuous film that turns period drama conventions on their head

Mothering Sunday Film Still Lionsgate Panther

Mothering Sunday, review: An ingenious, sensuous film that turns period drama conventions on their head

Mothering Sunday Film Still Lionsgate Panther

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