My Lover, My Son

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My Lover, My Son
My Lover My Son FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Newland
Produced by Wilbur Stark
Written by Edward Grierson, Jenni Hall, William Marchant, Wilbur Stark
Starring Romy Schneider
Dennis Waterman
Music by Norrie Paramor
Mike Vickers
Cinematography David Muir
Edited by Peter Musgrave
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 13, 1970 (1970-05-13)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

My Lover, My Son is a 1970 American-British coproduction directed by John Newland. It tells the story of a mother played by Romy Schneider clinging to her maturing son. The film is based on Edward Grierson's novel Reputation for a Song.


Francesca Anderson leads an unhappy marriage with her husband Robert. Her real attention is dedicated to her son James, who reminds her of her late lover Macer. Francesca is the only one who knows that James is not Robert's, but Macer's son. So Francesca reacts jealously when James falls in love with a girl friend, Julie.

James intervenes in an argument between his parents, and kills Robert. During James' trial, Francesca gives the crucial testimony in favour of her son, who is found not guilty. To Francesca's discomfort, James escapes his mother's clinging and decides to stay with Julie.


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