The Netflix algorithim is a cruel mistress. Sometimes, when I’ve visited my parents, we just scroll and scroll past the same 75 choices based on their tastes in BBC dramas, having real difficulty finding anything new and exciting beyond the collected works of Felicity Jones. But considering that it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, and hopefully you’re lucky enough to be spending time with your mother, I wanted to make a list of 25 mom-friendly films and TV shows about life, love, and relationships that are both entertaining and maybe a little bit enlightening. This list will lean towards stuff from the BBC, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, French films, movies with women on bikes, and Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar bait from the last 20 years. Your mom will love it. Add these to her queue!
In 1980s East Germany, a young doctor, Barbara, has been banished to the boonies. In this smart thriller, we wonder: can she escape the prying eyes of the Stasi?