16 Movies About Motherhood That Don’t Sugarcoat It

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The Joy Luck Club captures how complicated relationships can be between mothers and daughters.

The best movies about motherhood have a way of reaching right into our chests and pulling out hearts out. The Joy Luck Club is such a movie. The film spans generations to tell the story of mothers and daughters. It beautifully conveys the conflict and complications in these relationships, and brings us full circle to the moment a mother’s sacrifice is revealed. It’s a beautiful movie, not just for the way it depicts motherhood, but for how it teaches us to study the stories of our moms to understand who they truly are and how their pasts shaped our futures.

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