REVIEW: MOTHERING SUNDAY (2021) The first feature-length English-language film directed by French director

Eva Husson , Mothering Sunday tells the story of an important event that occurred during the celebration of Mothering Sunday that would later change the life of the main character, Jane Fairchild ( Odessa Young ). The story is set in Berkshire County, England away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas in 1924 – a few years after the end of World War I, Jane Fairchild who worked as a domestic helper was relieved of her duties for a day by the owner of the house where she worked, Mr. and Mrs. Niven ( Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), to celebrate Mothering Sunday when British people have a tradition of visiting their mothers. Mr and Mrs Niven themselves will spend their Mothering Sunday at a banquet lunch with their friends Mr and Mrs Hobday ( Simon Sheperd and Caroline Harker ) and their only daughter, Emma Hobday ( Emma D’Arcy ), and Mr and Mrs Sheringham ( Craig Crosbie and Emily Woof ) and their only son, Paul Sheringham ( Josh O’Connor ).

As an orphan with neither parents nor family to visit, Jane Fairchild had other plans for spending her vacation. The young woman will visit the Sheringham family home and accompany Paul Sheringham before the young man joins the luncheon with his parents. Jane Fairchild and Paul Sheringham have actually been in a secret relationship for a long time because Paul Sheringham has been betrothed to Emma Hobday. The meeting of the two on that day will probably be their last meeting because the lunch that the Nivens, the Sheringhams and the Hobdays shared together was an event that was held to celebrate the wedding day between Paul Sheringham and Emma Hobday which was getting closer.

Sounds like a boring story presentation? Not really. The Mothering Sunday story, which was adapted by Alice Birch ( Lady Macbeth , 2016) from the novel by Graham Swift of the same name, actually has several layers of stories that are quite captivating if they can be developed in their entirety. Taking advantage of the historical setting on the condition of England several years after the end of World War I, Mothering Sundayappears with a dark color story of the grief felt by each character. Mr. and Mrs. Niven’s characters are depicted as losing their two sons in war – a condition that causes Mrs. Niven to look gloomy in every situation. The two sons of the Niven family are best friends with Paul Sheringham’s character – who also fought alongside them and now harbors the guilt of feeling like he failed to save his two best friends. Emma Hobday’s character who is now paired with Paul Sheringham’s character is actually the fiancé of one of the sons of the Niven family – a condition that makes, as happened to Mrs. Niven’s character, Emma Hobday’s character looks gloomy and filled with anger at all times.

Husson and Birch might choose to visualize each conflict or tragedy that occurs in each character and summarize it as Joe Wright did in Atonement (2007). However, Mothering Sundayprefers to explain the stories through the lines of dialogue that exist between the characters. Not a completely wrong choice, but while the film also chooses to focus heavily on the sweet moments created between the characters Jane Fairchild and Paul Sheringham, it’s an opportunity to create an emotional connection with the characters involved in the storytelling of the tragedy. it also becomes wasted. The grief and guilt felt by each character fail to be conveyed strongly.

Mothering Sunday itself is also not a story presentation that only focuses on the story of the romantic relationship that exists between the characters of Jane Fairchild and Paul Sheringham as well as the sad stories that surround the Niven, Sheringham, and Hobday families. From the very beginning, Husson presents glimpses of the future story of Jane Fairchild’s character – the story of her second romance between a man named Donald ( pẹ Dìrísù ) who pushed her to become a writer as well as the story of Jane Fairchild’s character who has become a writer. aging ( Glenda Jackson ) and has become a successful writer – before then presenting the stories in their entirety towards the end of Mothering Sunday .

The presence of story elements from the future from Jane Fairchild’s character is intended to show the character’s strength in dealing with various tragedies and obstacles she faces. At the same time, Husson’s execution, which combines forward and backward storytelling, often breaks the concentration that is being built on an element of the story. The great focus on the relationship between Jane Fairchild’s character and Paul Sheringham also grabs attention and the duration of the story is too long so that the components of the romance story between Jane Fairchild’s character and Donald’s character are never able to appear intact and feel shallow in delivery. Mothering Sunday kemudian berakhir sebagai gambaran rasa duka dan kemampuan untuk melanjutkan hidup yang sendu sekaligus indah namun tidak pernah benar-benar mampu untuk melibatkan penontonnya secara emosional.

Despite Young and O’Connor’s courage to appear comfortable naked in a large number of their scenes, their appearance was indeed key to the success of Mothering Sunday’s storytelling . Through the dialogues that exist between the two characters they play, this film is able to convey the storyline carefully. Young’s appearance, in particular, plays a crucial role when his character is the only figure involved in every conflict that is told. The presence of Firth, Colman, Dìrísù, and Jackson did not get a significant portion of the story. But the appearance of the cast can make the acting department of Mothering Sundayappear flawless. The support for the quality of film production, from make-up and hair, to cinematography by Jamie Ramsay , to musical composition directed by Morgan Kibby, was able to make Mothering Sunday a fairly classy presentation.