In a 2009 interview, Byrne stated that her mother is an atheist, while both she and her father are agnostics.My Mother Frank, and Clara Law's The Goddess of 1967, the last of which gained her the Volpi Cup for "Best Actress" at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.Southcombe has the good sense to employ his highly talented mother, Charlotte Rampling, to play his anti-heroine, a woman in late middle-age with a haunted expression who goes speed-dating to find a man and runs into first a belligerent date from hell (Ralph Brown) and then a sad-eyed chief detective (Gabriel Byrne) who slowly — much too slowly — starts to believe she may be a murderer.
And while it’s strange to see Rampling reduced to toothless, instable Anna, perhaps the most awkward phenomenon is the Hitchcock-like punishment Southcombe doles out on her.
With all the sadism of Hitch and Tippi, Southcombe forces his leading lady to perform fellatio while all the while levelling accusations of prolicide and neglect against her.
The people in this characters study must have lives: Anna works in a department store, Bernie is a policeman.
What initially connects them is a violent death, but in some ways, this is unimportant.
This is clearly meant to be a calling card for its first-time director, Barnaby Southcombe, so perhaps it shouldn’t be judged too harshly.
There are signs of promise in the stylishness of the shooting and in his sympathetic direction of the actors.
Byrne revealed in a post-award interview that, prior to winning the Venice Film Festival award, she was surprised by her own performance and found it confronting watching the film because her acting was "too depressing".
Byrne admitted that "watching myself is confronting because I'm convinced I can't act and I want to get out, that's how insecure I am." Byrne appeared as a guest in an episode of the police drama series Murder Call.
It’s left to his second-in-command (Eddie Marsan) to do the legwork, and it’s small wonder that he gets frustrated with his boss.
The pace throughout is too leisurely for a film with thriller elements, and — through no fault of her own — Rampling has to remain opaque and unfathomable until our patience is stretched way, way beyond breaking point.
Mother And Son by Mark Wilshin CAUTION: Here be spoilers Shooting his first cinematic feature, it’s a natural, if perhaps awkward, choice for UK television director Barnaby Southcombe to cast his mother, and darling of the Croisette, Charlotte Rampling in the leading role.