Francesca is a pregnant woman who is due to give birth at any moment. Unfortunately for Francesca, her husband was a soldier who died while fighting in Vietnam. After her husband is killed in action, Francesca is alone with no family around her. She decides to visit her mother-in-law who she has never met before. Her husband always spoke highly of his mother, stating if Francesca needed help, his mother would be supportive in all areas when it comes to family.
Francesca travels far and even walks through the beginnings of a significant snowstorm to find the home of her mother-in-law. Upon arriving, Francesca is greeted with many unexpected surprises. She learns her husband had a sister that he never spoke of, and sadly her mother-in-law expresses zero interest in helping Francesca. She even suggests that Francesca would be best to give the baby away to another family. With Francesca feeling hurt and disappointed, she decides to leave and raise the child on her own. Unfortunately for her, the snowstorm has only gotten worse, and she is forced to stay indoors until the storm passes by. But while Francesca is a house guest, she makes even more discoveries about this family which are quite unsettling.
You’ll Like My Mother has a tremendous first act which introduces us to the leading character of Francesca. The film’s plot also begins at a nice pace, and it’s not long until many mysteries are set up, particularly when she meets her mother-in-law for the first time. Like the main character herself, I too found myself shocked and surprised at the harsh response that occurs during the first meet and greet.
Leading performances here are outstanding, particularly from actress Rosemary Murphy who plays the mysterious mother-in-law. I enjoyed her cold-hearted personality, and I found her as a character rather powerful on-screen. She has such an uncomfortable presence whenever she appears and speaks to Francesca in such a poor manner.
Thanks to Shock Entertainment this film has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. For the most part the film’s visuals are fantastic considering this was initially released in 1973. The movie’s 2.0 stereo track was also pleasing, but I will confess I was disappointment with the Blu-ray’s lack of unique features. It even lacked an adequate menu screen and subtitles. As for further issues, there is not much I can reveal due to spoilers, but I will state I was disappointed with the film’s final moments, feeling almost as if the filmmakers were somewhat unsure on how they wanted to wrap this film up.
Overall, this is undoubtedly a solid thriller. It is quite an impressive film with a small cast. I also truly enjoyed the movie’s set up and I found myself entirely invested in the film, eager to know the movie’s twists and final reveals. The film’s twists are rather pleasing and surprising with only the movie’s final moments leaving me feeling slightly disappointed. Nevertheless, this is truly a great classic that is worth your time and effort.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden