Sundance Film Festival's 13 must-see movies

Two-Mothers

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TWO MOTHERS

Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are longtime friends. Roughly the same age, they each have sons who are about the same age, too.

And now that the boys are no longer, well, boys … each of the moms has developed a crush on the other one’s kid.

Two Mothers is directed by French filmmaker Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) and is just one of several movies exploring themes of sex and love at the festival this year. Xavier Samuel and James Frechevile play the sons.

While the film might sound like it could veer into exceedingly grim territory, the festival organizers say it actually has a lively spirit with a lot of humor. There is disagreement among the characters to be sure, and hypocrisy and irony to spare, but ultimately the two women are friends. And each wants essentially the same thing as the other.

“It has the kind of performances that you don’t see come around very often. The chemistry between all four of them, it’s scintillating,” says festival programmer Trevor Groth. “It just really swept me away.”

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