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[Mays] is well matched by McClure, Wilmot, and Martin, who renders every gesture of her reticent character telling beyond words.
Leather was able to explore several ideas sensitively and in depth, including the different ways people grieve, and why one child's death receives a lot of attention while another's might pass by almost unnoticed outwith the family.
This was a fine, emotionally absorbing drama that succeeded as a commemoration of individual courage and a wider affirmation of just how much can be achieved when people stand up together against violence and terrorism.
What Mother's Day does is provide a way into that story - a touching, human, desperately sad, but ultimately inspiring way in.
It was as compelling an opener as you could get, yet how wrong "compelling" sounds since we're talking about the murder of children.
Mother's Day did an effective job laying out the complexities of the Troubles, applying shades of grey to what is often portrayed as a black and white situation.
It's brilliantly judged. Leather knows that the real source material is emotional enough and leaves the cast to give economical performances. Nothing is overblown.
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