My Mother Married
This is the story of a fifty-two-year-old
woman who breaks with all tradition and propriety to marry the man she
loves. Against the protests of her family, the dictums of the church,
and the advice of her friends, Bernadine Sweeney marries Wilbur Stump,
a seven-times-divorced, alcoholic, piano bar player, who is thirteen years
her senior. Exploring the repercussions this unlikely marriage had on
the Sweeney family, her filmmaker son delves into the interior structure
of a middle-class American family. Sweeney's youngest daughter, Mikey,
never accepted Wilbur as a parent figure and spent her teenage years acting
out. Bernadine found herself in the position of having to defend her choices
and behavior to her older daughters, as a dramatic role reversal occurs.
Although it is apparent that this family does not agree on everything,
it is obvious from their laughter that this is a loving family, whose
lives revolve around their mother.
Producer / Director: Skip Sweeney