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Mothering Sunday

30 March 1924 – Beechwood, England. Jane Fairchild, a maid in the Niven household, has the day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday while Mr and Mrs Niven attend a lunch to celebrate the engagement of their neighbour’s only remaining son, Paul, to Emma Hobday. The Nivens have lost their own sons to the war and rejoice at the prospect of an engagement. Jane rejoices at her freedom on an unseasonably hot, beautiful spring day. But, she has no mother to go to. For almost seven years she has – joyfully and without shame – been Paul’s lover. Like the Nivens, Paul belongs to England’s old money aristocracy, whereas Jane was orphaned at birth. With the house conveniently empty, they can finally meet in Paul’s bedroom for the first time. Today will be their last as lovers. It is also the day that will mark the beginning of Jane’s transformation as the story unfolds through the hours of clandestine passion.

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Directed by
Eva Husson
Written By
Alice Birch, Based on the novel by Graham Swift
Produced by
Elizabeth Karlsen & Stephen Woolley
Starring
Odessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù