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3 Life-Affirming Movies We Can Learn From as Single Mothers

3 Life-Affirming Movies We Can Learn From as Single Mothers

Survival is part and parcel of the life of a single mother. See, single parenthood is sometimes unfairly seen as a curse more than it is a blessing – for reasons that aren’t unknown to either you and I.

And single parenthood could very well be a self-fulfilling prophecy – if you let it be. It’s the single biggest task many young parents face, but that goes the same for married couples anyway – so don’t let it faze you.

It’s either something that you can take on the chin and succeed with, or it’s something you can lay down and die with. But the key thing is you cannot let that fear stop you from doing so, because you have a lifetime in front of you.

And that’s precisely what we’re here to help you with, to some degree – by showing you these 3 examples of single mothers on the silver screen that you can take solace from. Regardless of their complex life circumstances (really, can there be anything more to expect from Hollywood), they did not take it lying down, nor did they let themselves drown in self-pity – and we can all learn something from them, regardless of our lot in life. Let’s get to them!

1. Maria Enders in Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria came out in 2014 featuring a stellar performance from Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders, a mature movie celebrity who had a role to play as a young businesswoman who was in some sort of relationship with a young secretary (played by Kristen Stewart). The interesting interplay between Binoche and Stewart really reflects the strength of Maria Enders as a character as an actress, and demonstrates a woman’s grace under pressures in life – something we all can learn from. Truly one of the more interesting films in recent memory.

2. Alice Howland in Still Alice

Still Alice is an independent drama that came out in 2014 featuring a lot of heavy themes – themes that will almost certainly be recognized by single parents and married couples alike. It features a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor who wakes up one day with hallmark signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. But in spite of it all, Alice lives through harsh realities of life as an AD patient, and her struggle as she rapidly descends into madness is harrowing, but at the same time affirmative of the fact that we have one life to live.

3. Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a psycho thriller that came out in 2014, based on the eponymous bestseller that became a part of many a bookshelf. It features yet another stellar performance from Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott Dunne featuring a thriller that goes on a number of twists, turns, and wild swerves that will keep you on the edge of your seat – but yet again shows a triumph of the spirit in that, despite all of what has happened to her, she is determined to live a normal life.

We’re not going to give too much away in terms of the plot so as not to spoil any of these films for you – but we’re definitely telling you to see them if you can. Because life is worth living and fighting for.