Mrs Lowry and Son
Laurence Stephen Lowry was born in 1887 but his work, like many artists, was only truly appreciated after his death. His paintings, in the main, depicted the working life of the people of Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. And it’s there the film finds him, working as a lowly clerk and rent collector, painting by gaslight in the attic and looking after his near bed-ridden mother, Elizabeth. It’s the relationship between the quiet, submissive and caring Lowry (Spall) and his bitter, dominant, self-absorbed mother (Redgrave) that occupies the bulk of the film.
“This is very much an actors’ film and the two leads are both on superb form.” - Jennie Kermode, EyeForFilm