16 Movies About Motherhood That Don’t Sugarcoat It

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So many of us watch movies to escape reality. Get away from our everyday lives and pretend, even for just a couple of hours, that life is different. Comedies, romantic comedies, drama, even horror movies – we don’t really watch to see our own lives reflected on screen, you know? It’s escapism and entertainment! But sometimes, it can be nice to not see the same perfection tied in a pretty bow all the time. Realistic movies that portray life how we see it can be helpful. It gives us a chance to connect with people based on our shared experiences. This can particularly true when it comes to movies about motherhood. We all experience motherhood in our own way, but so much of it wouldn’t be considered … pretty.

Realistic movies about motherhood don’t sugarcoat this amazing journey. They tell it like it is – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Society tends to glorify motherhood and make it seem like this magical thing. And it can be! It is, in so many ways. But in so many more ways, motherhood is raw and painful and remarkably hard. That is totally normal, and we should portray it as such. When you’re in the weeds and struggling everyday, you don’t really want to see a movie where someone makes it all look simple, you know? These realistic movies about motherhood look beyond the idealized version, and delivery motherhood as we all know it.

Some movies about motherhood use horrific scenarios to show just how deep a mother’s love goes. We Need to Talk About Kevin is one such movie.

Tilda Swinton plays Eva Khatchadourian, a free-spirited travel writer who gives up her freedom and lifestyle to have a child with her husband Franklin. Eva never thoroughly enjoys pregnancy and has a hard time bonding with her son, Kevin. Kevin is a colicky baby, a difficult toddler, and in later years, an extremely troubled young man. A series of horrific acts committed by Kevin throughout the film test Eva’s love and commitment to him as his mother. It’s one of those worst-case, “holy crap what would I do in that situation?” movies. While the vast majority of us can’t relate to what Eva and her family go through in the film, it’s hard not to connect with her on an emotional level.

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