Mary and Martha

Synopsis: Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a former politico, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Phillip Noyce
Production: Working Title Television
  1 nomination.
95 min

friends without your mom

making enemies.

I'm sorry.


And I was stupid.

Are we gonna go?

Shh. I'm thinking.

I'm leaving you.

Excuse me?

I'm leaving you.

Is it because of my strictly

sexual affair with Anita?

You're having an

affair with Anita?

Well, maybe I am,

maybe I'm not.

I'm trying to guess why you

would possibly want to leave me.

OK. Well,

I'm not leaving you permanently,

but I do want to ask you

if I can take George out

of school, take him away

and teach him myself

and have an adventure.

You know,

I just think he'll do better with me

than in the hands of the people

who are teaching him now.

Honey, can't we just take him away

for the summer like normal people?

No. That's two

months away.

We'll lose him inside

his computer by then.

You know, in the school,

they didn't even know

that those kids

were bullying him.

I don't know.

Taking him out of school is... is extreme.

Yeah, it's extremely fun,

and I think it

should be abroad.

Is this the start of a long and

serious conversation with me,

his father,

or have you made up your mind?



What is it?

They said yes!

They... they thought

I was brilliant.

It doesn't actually

say that, does it?

Well no, but it implies it.

The implication of every

word is they think

that I'm totally brilliant.

"Thank you for your


which we have


Yeah. What

do you think?

Well done, darling.

Do you know what?

I am so proud of you,

you great, stupid lump,

though I wish you were

going somewhere sensible

like France

or Belgium or somewhere.

Mum, France is too small.

I'm a big boy.

I need a big continent.

Get your feet off.

Just two hours

north of Johannesburg,

but, uh, a million miles

from the world

as you might know it.

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born English screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. more…

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