16 Movies About Motherhood That Don’t Sugarcoat It

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Mothers are quite skilled at making everything seem like it’s OK, even when it’s not.

Room is a heartbreaking story and an incredibly difficult movie to watch. But it really highlights just how far mothers will go to protect their kids, both physically and mentally. And it beautifully captures the pain we’ll absorb on a daily basis to keep our kids from feeling that same pain. Joy and Jack know only their Room, where they’ve spent all of Jack’s life. Joy shields him from the pain of their situation, convincing him that only she and him are real and everything else is make-believe. Even after they’re rescued, Joy goes to great lengths to protect Jack, even at her own peril.

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