Our Mother's House

Synopsis: When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Jack Clayton
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
104 min

Good evening, Mr Halbert.

I've done shopping, Hugh.

What are you doing?

-They're for mother...

When she's better.

She'll love it.

Have you paid Mrs Quayle?

-Yes, she's still here.

Come on... we'll be late.

Dunstan...Are you coming?

It's nearly "mother-time".

Hey, wait, Jimminy darling!

Did you call, Mrs 'ook?

She's been asleep, Mrs Quayle.

-Oh, I won't disturb 'er then.

Elsa! Tell your mum I'll be

in Saturday next week, alright?

I'll tell her, Mrs

Quayle. -Alright then.

Hope your mum'll soon be better.

Well, I'm off then. Cheery-bye!

Don't do anything

I wouldn't do.

You know who I am...I'm... -Dad?

No, I'm... -Mother?

No, I'm Mrs Quayle...

old "Snail Quayle"...

And I'm going to give you

a proper dusting.

Sh!..She'll hear you!


What's wrong, Diana? -Nothing.

Jimminy, you bring the little

ones in. They're in the garden.

"All things bright

...and beautiful..."


Is she still asleep?

So... is she...?

Is it mother?

Mother... please!

Don't, Hugh! She's...

It's all over.

But she can't be dead!

-She IS, Hugh...I know!


She's gone.

Stop it Gerty...

Stop it at once!

You gotta tell them, Else.

Don't be telling ME what

to do! I'm the eldest.

Alright, Else.

Please, Hugh... The little ones

mustn't see you've been crying.

Alright, Hugh...I'm ready.

Sh!..Here's Hugh.

Elsa says...

you can come in now.

Read to us!


Mother has passed on.

Mother has passed on.

You're cold, Mother!

It's alright,

Diana... It's alright.

But she's cold!

She's cold!

Mother's... d...


What's dead?


Like...Jesus? -That's right.

She's gone to join Jesus.

Crucified... dead and buried...

And on the third day,

He rose again.

And He rose...

Mother won't rise again.

She needs some blankets...

she's cold...

She's not dead!

She's alright... she's not dead

...she's not!

Stop it, Diana, stop it!

Stop it Di... she IS dead!

I am the rose of Sharon...

...and the lily of the valleys.

As the lily among thorns...

so is my love among

the daughters.

As the apple tree

among the trees of the wood...

so is my beloved

among the sons.

I sat down under his shadow...

You forgot my food!


You haven't fed him!

I forgot.

I do forget things, you know.

Mother knows.

Doesn't she...Else?

You never do anything

but draw all the time...

I suppose you think drawing's

more important...

Don't be foolish, Dun!

It's alright, Jimminy...

you can do it later.

Mother wouldn't have minded.

I mind! I mind!

It does matter!

We're gonna be finished!

Whither is thy beloved gone

O thou fairest among women?

Whither is thy beloved turned aside...

that we may seek him with thee?

My beloved is gone down

into his garden...

to the beds of spices,

to feed in the gardens,

and to gather lilies.

I am my beloved

and my beloved is mine...

He feedeth among the lilies.

Don't stop.

By night on my bed I sought him

whom my soul loveth...

I sought him, but I found him not.

I will rise now, and go about

the city in the streets

and in the broad ways I will seek him

whom my soul loveth...

I sought him, but I found him not.

The watchmen that go about the city

found me...

to whom I said...

Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?

It was but a little that I passed from them,

but I found him whom my soul loveth

I held him, and would not let him go,

until I had brought him into my mother's house...

and into the chamber

of her that conceived me.

For what we are about to receive...

...may the Lord make us truly grateful.


More sugar.

You've got it.

Well, it's not sweet enough.

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Jeremy Brooks

Jeremy Brooks (17 December 1926 – 27 June 1994) was a novelist, poet, and dramatist. He is best known for his novels (particularly Jampot Smith, Henry's War and Smith, As Hero) and for his stage adaptations of classic works, particularly a series of Maxim Gorky plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His novels were praised for their lyricism and for their "Chekhovian mixture of comic concision and pathos". Anthony Burgess, in The Novel Now said "Jeremy Brooks has come to considerable stature in Jampot Smith and Smith, as Hero: he has created one of the few really large picaresque characters in the post-war novel." more…

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