Film & Television – Adult Child


100 Days with Tata (Spanish: 100 días con la Tata). Directed by Miguel Ángel Muñoz. 2021. Paciencia Films. Spain.

Avtaar. Directed by Mohan Kumar. 1983. Emkay Pictures. India.

Baghban. Directed by Ravi Chopra. 2003. B. R. Chopra. India. [A retired couple seek support from their four sons.]

Born Free. Directed by James Hill. 1966. Open Road Films, Ltd. UK, Ethiopia, Kenya. [Based on the 1960 book of the same name by Joy Adamson, describes Adamson’s experience raising an orphaned lion cub named Elsa who is released back to the wild.]

Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (戸田家の兄妹, Toda-ke no kyōdai). Directed by Yasujirō Ozu. 1941. Shochiku. Japan. [When the father dies, tensions ensue regarding the care of their mother and youngest sister.]

Fiddler on the Roof. Directed by Norman Jewison. 1971. The Mirisch Company. USA. [Based on the story, Tevya and His Daughters, by Shalom Aleichem. Addresses tradition, cultural change, estrangement, oppression and becoming refugees.]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Directed and produced by Stanley Kramer. 1967. USA.

Long Day’s Journey into Night. Directed by Sidney Lumet. 1962. Ely Landau. USA [Based on the 1956 semi-autobiographical play of the same name by Eugene O’Neill.]

Meet the Fockers. Directed by Jay Roach. 2004. Tribeca Productions. USA.

Meet the Parents. Directed by Jay Roach. 2000. Tribeca Productions. USA.

Mother! Directed and written by Darren Aronofsky. 2017. Protozoa Pictures. USA.

My Octopus Teacher. Directed and written by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. Netflix. South Africa. [It may seem to include this film about James’ relationship with an octopus, but the motivation to dive was to improve his ability to be a father, and the end of the film depicts a marvelous bonding of father and son in Nature.]

On Golden Pond. Directed by Mark Rydell. 1981. IPC Films. USA. [Based on the 1979 play of the same name by Ernest Thompson.]

Postcards from the Edge. Directed by Mike Nichols. 1990. Columbia Pictures. USA. [Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Carrie Fisher.]

Terms of Endearment. Directed and produced by James L. Brooks. 1983. USA.

The Fabelmans. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 2022. Amblin Entertainment. USA.

The Trip to Bountiful. Directed by Peter Masterson. 1985. Bountiful Film Partners. USA. [Based on the play of the same name by Horton Foote, that premiered in 1953.]

Tokyo Story. Directed by Yasujirō Ozu. 1953. Shochiku. Japan. [A masterpiece, recognized as one of the best films ever made, about an aging couple who visits their children and their spouses.]

Make Way for Tomorrow. Directed by Leo McCarey. 1937. Paramount. USA. [An unsung masterpiece about an elderly couple who lose their home during the Great Depression, and seek support from their children and their spouses. It was the inspiration for Tokyo Story.]

Cherry Blossoms. Directed by Doris Dörrie. 2008. Olga Film GmbH. Germany. [Inspired by Tokyo Story, the film depicts a couple visiting their adult children, yet are only befriended by a daughter in-law and young woman mourning for her parents.]

Tokyo Family. Directed by Yōji Yamada. 2013. Shochiku. Japan. [A remake of Tokyo Story.]


A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (Urdu: دریا میں ایک لڑکی: معافی کی قیمت). directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. 2015. SOC Films. USA/Pakistan. [Oscar-winning short documentary about a 19 year old survivor of an attempted honor killing in Pakistan. It convinced the Pakistani government to revise its laws.]

Erasing Family. Directed by Ginger Gentile. 2020. [The film has been endorsed by the American Psychological Association.]

Grey Gardens. Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer. 1975. Portrait Films.

“Sr.” Directed by Chris Smith. 2022. Team Downey. [Robert Downey, Jr. profiles his Indie filmmaker dad and the special rapport they have during the last years of his father’s life.]


All in the Family. Created by Norman Lear. 1971-1979. Tandem Productions for CBS. USA. [Based on the British sitcom Till Death Us Do Part.]

Navillera (Korean: 나빌레라; RR: Nabillera). Created by Choe Gyeong-suk. 2021. Studio Dragon. South Korea. [A retired mail carrier seeks to fulfill a lifelong dream of learning ballet, which he keeps hidden from his family. A familial relationships is forged with his young teacher.]

The Mothers-in-Law. Created by Bob Carroll, Jr. and Madelyn Davis. 1967-1969. Desi Arnaz Productions for NBC. USA. [A Sitcom, with moments of insight.]