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Exploring Mother & Daughter in “Postcards from the Edge”

Further exploring various dynamics of the mother and daughter relationship, we’ll have a look at a scene from Postcards from the Edge (1990). This film is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher (daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds). Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) plays the addiction-prone actress daughter of movie star Doris Mann (Shirley Maclaine). Doris is portrayed as overbearing, controlling, manipulative, competitive and self-absorbed; Suzanne is very much in her shadow.

4 thoughts on “Exploring Mother & Daughter in “Postcards from the Edge”

  • September 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

    There was once a move called “Kramer vs Kramer” where the mother was just not maternal. I would love to see more discussins about this because I think it is not discussed because those that are that way are ashamed of their feelings.

    • September 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

      I think you’re right – this topic is a big taboo. Thanks for taking the time to comment. ~ Marla

  • September 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Like most of us, I have had so many problems with my Mother. It’s different in my Indian culture, though, ’cause my Mother never left me after I left her. She still tries to control my life. At the end now, I realize she is only human. She is the way she is because of her childhood. I am in the process of forgiveness which is a long and hard road.

    • September 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for your comment, Parwathy. Some mothers make it more difficult for us to individuate than others, maybe at least in part because they have not gone through their own process of individuation. Good luck on your continued process.


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