From Terry George, the acclaimed director of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, HOTEL RWANDA, and THE PROMISE , comes SOME MOTHER'S SON.
The conflict (“troubles”) in Northern Ireland and the 1981 hunger strike in a Belfast prison is the setting for Some Mother’s Son. The mothers of two prisoners must decide whether to authorize forcible intravenous feeding or to honor their sons’ wishes and let their fast be “unto death.”
One mother, Kathleen Quigley (played with astounding depth by Helen Mirren) is an educated, thoughtful schoolteacher. When her son is arrested for involvement in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), she supports him and fights for his life but maintains her disdain for violence.
In contrast is the other mother, Annie Higgins (portrayed with clarity by Fionnula Flanagan) embraces the IRA’s mission as an “IRA mother”.
A real friendship between the two women grows, despite differences of class and social background.
Quigley, although increasingly politicized, is torn between losing her son to the fast or violating his wishes with forced feeding. Higgins, in contrast, sees complying with the authorities as betraying the strike—and her son’s deepest commitment.
The film, based on the true story of the internationally known fast led by Bobby Sands against treatment of IRA prisoners in Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, both clarifies and complicates the issues involved, making clear arguments for both mothers' actions in the context of a milestone event in Northern Ireland's history.
Some Mother's Son asks if any belief is truly worth dying for, and poses the question in powerfully personal terms.
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