Another Thursday Movie Picks for you, this week mother-daughter relationships is the central theme - http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/.
There have been many films with evil little girls (Case 39 and Orphan are two recent examples that spring to mind), but the original evil, manipulative little girl was Rhoda from the 1956 film The Bad Seed. Christine (Nancy Kelly) becomes convinced that daughter is sociopathic murderer and once her daughter reveals the truth she has a difficult decision to make. The film's stage origins show, the film is blandly shot and the acting is slightly hammy (even for the 50s), but it still has a bit of chill factor to it. The film is also debates the science surrounding nature vs nurture and demands serious questions of the mother and what she must do regarding her murderous child. The film also has one the most peculiar post credits sequences ever...
Brave is a step away from the usual male dominated Pixar films as the film focuses on the relationship between mother and daughter. The daughter wishes to live a life that is far more customary for males to live, her mother is more of a traditionalist, this of course leads to some friction. The film Brave is a strongly feminist one (some still objected to the physical image the main character – thin and perfect but in this context it is irrelevant) with a highish level of female input (which we need more of), perhaps may explain why the mother-daughter relationship is the film's most interesting aspect.
Winner of the Best Picture for the year 1983 (or at least I think it was....yep it it was) James L. Brooks' (who I embarrassingly got confused Mel Brooks for some stupid reason) debut features a mother-daughter relationship that is integral to the story. Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) may be a difficult person but her relationship with her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), is a strong one that manages to survive many storms and bitter fights. The film gets a big baggy in the middle, but it is an emotionally rewarding one.