16 Movies About Motherhood That Don’t Sugarcoat It

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Meryl Streep was a mom who made the ultimate sacrifice in Kramer vs Kramer.

We have to admit, we had VERY different reactions watching Kramer vs Kramer before and after having kids of our own. It’s so easy to brush off Joanna Kramer’s “abandonment” of her family as selfish. But watching it after becoming a mom, we saw her pain, her struggles with postpartum depression, and her sacrifice. The scene where she talks about finally finding out who she was? So real. The movie was groundbreaking in its time for the way it portrayed single fatherhood. But really, it’s a stunning breakdown of the mental struggles so many moms face, and just how far mothers will go to do the best thing for their children.

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