In this keenly anticipated second feature documentary, Ken Wardrop explores a series of mother/
son relationships to reveal the universality of their experience. Zooming in on the state of Oklahoma, recently voted the manliest state in the USA, Wardrop finds his subjects with the help of popular radio talk show host Joe Cristiano, who invites male listeners to phone in and discuss their mothers.
The responses from a broad range of sons – war veterans, attorneys, prisoners and preachers – are vulnerable and honest and filled with as much frustration as fondness, and we meet mothers who are demanding, iconoclastic, resilient and boundlessly loving. Infused with Wardrop’s signature warmth and an unerring instinct for the affectionate humour in the everyday, Mom and Me is a compassionate and entertaining observation of masculinity and motherhood.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn