On Mother’s Day in 1924, housekeeper Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone. She has no mother, and her employers, Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out. She has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandon with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), from the manor house nearby who is Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman- a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.
Adapted from the 2016 book by Graham Swift, and with screenplay written by Normal People’s Alice Birch, Mothering Sunday deals with themes of love, lust, grief and doubt, lacing its central portrait of an artist in the making with an air of unresolved intrigue, lingering guilt and passion.
Warning: this film contains full-frontal nudity and explicit scenes of a sexual nature.