Watch Night, Mother
- 1 hr 40 min
Night Mother is a 1986 drama film about the difficult relationship between a troubled daughter and her mother that is further strained once the daughter reveals her intentions. The movie is based on Marsha Norman's award-winning play, and the film is directed by Tom Moore. Jessie Cates (Sissy Spacek) is a troubled 40ish woman who lives in misery with her mother, Thelma Cates (Anne Bancroft). Jessie is going through many changes and has reached her breaking point. One evening, out of the blue, Jessie informs her mother that she plans to commit suicide that evening. Naturally, Jessie's mother is shocked and sickened by her daughter's choice and tries to dissuade her from her decision. Jessie is adamant about her choice and informs her mother that her mind will not be changed. Jessie very clearly and concisely lays out her rationale to her mother as to why her life no longer holds any value. Jessie's life-long battle with epilepsy has led to other problems in her life, such as the inability to hold down a job, a bad marriage that ended in divorce, and her chronic alcohol abuse, which she uses to dull the pain of her terrible life. Jessie also has an aimless, drifter of a son, who spends more time in jail than out. As time passes throughout the evening, both Jessie and her mother become more and more anxious about the situation. Jessie continues to go about her usual business as if nothing is going on, much to the chagrin of her mother. As the evening grows late, Thelma tries to resign herself to her daughter's decision. Although deep in her soul she believes her daughter will make a last minute change, in the end she is powerless as she watches her daughter go inside the room and lock the door behind her.