Phil Boatwright: Make a Movie Memory This Mother’s Day

My mom peacefully passed away a few months ago at the age of 96. Though a widow for the last seven years, she remained grateful, having enjoyed life and knowing she was loved by God and family.

I was her caregiver during the last year and, just as with Dad before he crossed over, Mom and I watched a gang of movies together.

Her favorite films to view repeatedly were “Casablanca,” “To Have and Have Not,” “High Society,” “The Quiet Man” and “Father Goose.”

Those films will no doubt bring a tear to my eye in the days ahead, reminding me of my mom and her duty and desire to be a supportive wife of 72 years and a loving mother for always.

If you’ll allow me to remind: Cherish those you have while you have them. Bring your mom flowers, take her to lunch, and call her. And sometimes, you might even want to share a cinematic treasure with her.

Below are a few movies your mom may enjoy watching with you.

But since most movies made today contain crude or profane language, I have chosen films — some from days long gone by — that won’t cause you to reach for the mute button every few minutes. Though most of these are not from faith-based studios, I think you’ll find them nurturing as well as entertaining. The Lord works in mysterious ways and occasionally He uses the art of mortal men to relay His spiritual commands.

“I Remember Mama” (1948)

Irene Dunne portrays the matriarch of a Norwegian immigrant family struggling with life’s problems. This involving drama captures the essence of motherhood — caring and self-sacrificing. Sure, it’s an oldie, but because it’s a period piece, it shouldn’t seem dated (other than the fact that it’s in black and white). I Remember Mama is a touching, well-acted portrait of a 1900s family assimilating to American life.

“Sarah Plain and Tall” (1991)

Glenn Close and Christopher Walken absolutely sparkle in this Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-TV movie about a woman in the 1880s who answers an ad from a widower seeking a bride to “share a life” on a Kansas farm. Superb.

“Sounder” (1972)

A stirring story of a black sharecropper’s family during the Depression, Sounder (the name of the family dog) was nominated for best picture that year. Paul Winfield and Kevin Hooks are excellent, but Cicely Tyson quietly dominates with her standout performance as a caring wife and mother. (G)

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Source: Baptist Press