Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha

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Two very different women, an upscale American named Mary and a middle-class Englishwoman named Martha, form an unlikely bond following the losses of their only children from malaria contracted in Africa. Battling their lingering grief and the strains on their marriages, the two work together to raise awareness of malaria while recovering their sense of purpose. A story of how ordinary people can make a difference in influencing social policy and affecting positive change.
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Jan 25, 2020

Two excellent actors but the script left something to be desired.

Jun 09, 2017

This effective ode to middle class guilt constructs something positive out of shared loss. I like the locations shot and briskly edited across US, UK, and Africa.

Jan 12, 2016

Wonderful movie! Hilary Swank is an amazing actor. Hilary & Brenda Blethyn are fabulous together. Love this movie!

Nov 11, 2015

Rated 8/10.

Mar 24, 2015

Absolutely wonderful movie, with great performances. A must see.

Mar 05, 2014

The movie, Mary and Martha, is about two Mums who meet over the death of their sons due to malaria. The transformation and affliction of affluence affect both women who have their hearts torn open with grief. Their healing comes from attempting to create change at home and in the places where children are dying. Probably the most striking is the women who loose a child. The villages loose their communities of young and old.

"Did you know that if you take every single person killed in a terrorist act around the world in the last 20 years -- and add to that every life that's been lost in the Middle East since the Six Day War in '67 -- and add to that every single American life we lost in Vietnam and Korea -- and every single other military conflict America's been involved in since then, Iraq, Afghanistan... If you take all those lives -- that we'd all have given so much to save -- you've still got to multiply them by two to get to the number of kids who die of malaria every single year.." 219 million cases of which 660,000 die annually,

"we spend more trying to cure baldness than we do curing malaria" which IS treatable.

Perhaps what moves me the most was the phrase the children gave Martha her farewell collage, "We are all your children".

aaa5756 Nov 01, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance.


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