Ever since I watched the movie Juno years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Ellen Page… what a talented actor! Now, Tallulah is another humble masterpiece starring Page, reuniting her with Juno co-star Allison Janney (whom I’m also a huge fan of!) … so great seeing these two together again! This Netflix movie really blew me away! Page plays the titular character, an independent free-spirited woman living out of her own van. Having just been left by her boyfriend, Tallulah is not doing well. Desperately searching for food in a fancy hotel, she accidentally comes across a rich, careless mother (played by Tammy Blanchard) of a one-year-old little girl. In a heroically-intended act, Tallulah decides the baby is better off with her and they run off together. With baby in hand, Tallulah turns to her ex-boyfriend’s estranged mother for help. Under the false belief that this child is her granddaughter, Margo (Janney), takes them into her home.
Part of what I love about this movie is that it raises such an important topic, and that it’s done so delicately. Motherhood is the major theme in Tallulah, mainly dealing with what it takes to be a ‘good’ mother. Three very different mother figures are shown, all with such unique and touching story-lines. Page poses as the mother to baby Maggie, with all the right intentions, but none of the qualifications, whereas Blanchard plays the opposite kind of mother. Even though she has all the money and material possessions a mother would need, she is nowhere near being capable of raising a child. On the other hand, Janney plays the well-intentioned, qualified mother who became too overbearing for her own son to handle.
Which is the best and which is the worst? In my opinion, the movie really shows that all this stuff is not black and white… no one can clearly answer these questions… it’s all in the grey area. Who’s to say what makes the best mother, or what the best way of living your life is? For example, just because Tallulah’s lifestyle is not the smartest, what if it works for her? Again, the grey area comes up 🙂