Told with great simplicity and power, “Bridget and Iain” is a heart wrenching story of a mother and son who have a wedge driven between them by the latter’s drug addiction.
The film begins with the mother, Bridget, visiting her son, Iain, in rehab. The two of them have a tense conversation about Iain’s current financial and residential situation. Iain claims that he’s trying to stay off drugs, and that he checked himself into rehab because he doesn’t have anywhere else to stay. Bridget tentatively agrees to let him move back in with her, but only on the condition that he stays clean.
The living arrangement doesn’t last long, however, as an argument over dinner prompts Iain to storm out of the house and into the streets, staying away from home for several days. A discussion between Bridget and one of the workers at the rehab center reveals that he’s done this several times before, and he always comes back eventually. This time, though, when he does come back, Bridget refuses to let him back in, knowing full well that he isn’t sober.
It’s a brief, laconic, but strikingly powerful film, demonstrating the struggle of a beleaguered woman who wants to show her love for her son without enabling his self-destructive behavior.