The struggle of being a woman, especially a mother often goes unnoticed or taken for granted. “Tully”, a new drama movie starring Charlize Theron as a 40-year-old mother of three, takes a deeper look inside motherhood. The film produced by Focus Features started off with a couple named Marlo (Charlize Theron) and Drew (Ron Livingston) who were expecting their third child together. Marlo who worked and had to take care of her children as well seem to be overwhelmed, but she refused help from nannies or any aid. After she gave birth to her daughter, she was on the brink of frustration. Barely getting any minute of sleep, she eventually resorted to night nanny which her brother recommended. Tully, a young and free-spirited girl came at night to help Marlo with her newborn. Tully fixed everything starting from Marlo’s sleeping routine, house cleaning and even Marlo and Drew’s marriage. The story then led into an unexpected, but expected twist which reminded us that womanhood and motherhood are sometimes too much to bear alone.
The movie which lasts for 96 minutes will shed a new light on how you perceive a woman and a mother. It is heartbreaking, but empowering at the same time even without the twist that they give near the ending. Charlize Theron gained a lot of weight for this role and you could clearly see that a woman goes through various body shapes in her life to bring a new life into this world. She also ditched the make up and wasn’t afraid of looking messy most of the time. Directed by Jason Reittman, the dialogs between casts were kept simple and there’s not much of a joke that would make you laugh out loud. Most of the time you’d see frustration, anger, and hopelessness portrayed by the characters. Besides focusing on Marlo, we also learn more about kids with special needs as portrayed by one of her child, Jonah. “Tully” is now being screened nationwide on CCV and Cinemaxx cinema chains.