Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)

This is the beautiful, delicate, intimate  and amusing story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S.  Lowry - one of the greatest artists of the 20th century - and his  bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother. 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.

Lowry (Spall), 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 (Redgrave), 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.

Adrian Noble's  wonderfully observed film gently reveals how Lowry's snobbish mother is  the obstacle preventing him from fulfilling his artistic ambition, as he  desperately tries to create something that might make her happy. This  lovely film is punctuated by delightful moments of humour, as it depicts  the impact a bitterly obsessive mother had on one of this country's  greatest artists.

★★★★ “Mesmerising…A work of art” The Times
★★★★“A masterpiece of acting” The Reviews Hub

When coronavirus restrictions permit
Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Stephen Lord
Adrian Noble
Biography, Drama, History
1 hr 31 mins
Rusthall Community Cinema, Sunnyside Community Hall, Rusthall Road, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8RA.