In an interesting position: 20 films about a surrogate mother

Thanks to science, modern parents can have offspring, even if for some reason they cannot or do not want to take on the process of bearing a child. Series and films about surrogate motherhood raise this hot topic, which has divided the society into two camps. Some consider this service a mutually beneficial, normal practice, while others condemn the use of women in this way. And which side will you take?

Container (TV series 2021)

Sasha is almost 30 years old, but behind him there is only pain and disappointment. Personal life does not add up, and the domineering mother adds fuel to the fire with caustic remarks and criticism. Unexpectedly, Sasha receives a lucrative offer from a powerful official’s family that seems to be the solution to all problems. Alexandra is ideal for the role of a surrogate mother, and the service is adequately paid. Sasha has to move in with her employers during her pregnancy , but within the walls of a luxurious mansion, the guest encounters the dark side of the life of the rich.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Oksana Akinshina, Philip Yankovsky, Maria Fomina …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Together-together (2021)

The one-part film about a surrogate mother is a sincere and witty comedy about two people with lofty goals. Matt’s marriage fell apart a few years ago, but the man does not give up his dream of becoming a father. Anna wants to complete her college education and needs a large amount of money to do so. The girl wants to demonstrate her independence to her parents, but so far she only gets into unpleasant situations. In search of an egg donor, Matt meets Anna – and the business relationship gradually develops into something more.

Original title:  
Together Together

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Patty Harrison, Ed Helms, Rosalind Chao …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits
16+


Contract for Happiness (TV series 2021)

The Russian novelty of cinema is a fascinating series in the genre of melodrama, which is watched in one breath. Anna works as a physical therapy instructor and looks after her health, but is unable to control family problems. The husband is mired in debt, and the usual salary is not enough to pay off creditors. The only way out is to bear someone else’s child for a substantial reward, but moving to the house of a married couple will be a serious test for Anna.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:  
Evgenia Rozanova, Veronika Norina, Alexander Arsentiev …

Country:  
Russia

Age restrictions:  
16+


Nest (mini-series 2020)

The British series about a young surrogate mother will amaze with an unexpected denouement. Dan and Emily live in a prestigious area of ​​Glasgow, and the wealthy couple needs a baby to be completely happy. The couple lost hope of having a baby in the family after several years of unsuccessful attempts, but fate sends another chance in the person of Katya from the local ghetto. The girl invites the couple to carry out an heir for them, and Dan and Emily agree to take a chance.

Original title:
The Nest

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Sophie Rundle, Cathy Leung, Martin Compston …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.1


Surrogate Mother (2020 mini-series)

A serial Russian film about a difficult love triangle, where all participants in a complex relationship suffer. A client, who intends to get her son back, turns to lawyer Maxim for help. After the divorce , the husband took the child away, but Alena does not have the money to pay for the services of a lawyer. Alena finds out that Maxim and his wife have been unable to become parents for many years, and offers to bear the baby. Soon the couple will find out that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Anastasia Panina, Vladimir Zherebtsov, Oleg Kamenshchikov …

Country:
Russia


The Handmaid’s Tale (TV series 2017 – 2021)

The list of films with the best reviews from viewers continues the foreign series about surrogate motherhood in an alternative future. On the territory of the United States, the Republic of Gilead is formed, where chauvinism reigns. Men are in power, and most women suffer from infertility. Everyone who is still capable of childbearing is brought to a special camp for surrogate mothers. June Osborne becomes one of the prisoners, but the prisoner is not ready to put up with the existing order.

Original title:  
The Handmaid’s Tale

Genre:  
Fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel, Madeleine Brewer …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Happiness by contract (2017)

Trouble breaks into the life of the main character of the Russian film when her husband gets into a car accident, and doctors predict a disability for a man . An expensive operation would help to fully restore health, but the family does not have that kind of money. A friend offers Dasha to become a surrogate mother in order to earn the necessary amount in a few months. The woman agrees, carefully concealing her position from her husband.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Nastya Zadorozhnaya, Mikhail Shamigulov, Alexandra Bulycheva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Heart failure (2017)

A touching feature film about surrogate motherhood, where the main character is raising a daughter with a heart defect. Alina needs a large amount of money for the operation, but there is nowhere to wait for financial assistance. The father lives on a modest pension, and beloved Dmitry does not want to take part in the fate of someone else’s baby. Alina’s boss offers her subordinate to become a surrogate mother, since she herself cannot have children. The woman agrees, but the examination reveals unexpected information. Alina is already pregnant by Dmitry, and the boss asks to give her the baby after birth.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Irina Valts, Olga Chudakova, Sergei Gorobchenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


For love, I can do anything (TV series 2015)

Student Masha is forced to drop out of school in order to financially support her father, but fate arranges a new test. The family firm is declared bankrupt, and the father is diagnosed with a fatal disease. For the sake of saving the dearest person, Masha decides to bear the baby for a rich customer. Wealthy Elena listens to constant reproaches from her mother-in-law about infertility, so she is ready to resort to extreme measures.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Kristina Kazinskaya, Kirill Dytsevich, Dmitry Pchela …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.4


Share your happiness (mini-series, 2014)

After the tragic death of her mother, Vera takes care of her younger sister, although she is raising her little son herself. Increasing financial expenses almost lead to bankruptcy, so the young woman agrees to the proposal to make an heir for a wealthy businessman . A movie about a surrogate mother takes an unexpected turn when dreams of getting rich quick become a brutal reality.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Ekaterina Reshetnikova, Maxim Drozd, Anna Sahaydachnaya …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1


New Normal (TV series 2012 – 2013)

An American serial film seasoned with humor and a set of colorful characters. Stylist Brian and doctor David have been in a relationship for a long time, but for complete happiness, men do not have enough children. Single mother Goldie is ready to carry a baby for a couple in order to complete her education with the money received. However, her grandmother is against gay people, so she becomes the main obstacle to her dream.

Original title:
The New Normal

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.9


God Has His Plans (2012)

Nastya is a professional surrogate mother who gave her clients healthy babies. However, at the next birth, the woman is injured, due to which she can no longer have children. Dreams of her own motherhood are shattered, so Nastya wants to commit suicide. She finds a companion for suicide, but at the last moment a brilliant idea strikes a woman.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Elena Zakharova, Dmitry Orlov, Alena Khmelnitskaya …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Terms of the contract (TV series 2011)

Masha is going to marry Victor, but while preparing for the wedding celebration, the bride’s younger sister faints. Katya is diagnosed with cancer, and the groom refuses to help her future relative with treatment. Masha agrees to carry a child for a wealthy family in order to pay for a course of antitumor therapy. However, with the approaching date of birth, the woman realizes that she will not be able to give the baby to customers.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Elena Velikanova, Kirill Safonov, Natalya Rudova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Bedouin (2011)

In order to save her terminally ill daughter, the heroine of the Russian film, Rita, agrees to give birth to a baby to a gay couple, but the clients die long before the baby arrives. In addition, the pregnant woman managed to fall in love with a criminal who draws a woman into a criminal showdown. Rita is forced to flee with her daughter – and finds herself in the desert , where the wisdom of the East reigns.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Olga Simonova, Serafima Migai, Mikhail Evlanov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Waltz of the Genes (2011)

The general crisis in the medical industry leads to a shortage of doctors and a deterioration in the work of clinics. In one of these hospitals, Dr. Riet solves the problem of funding in an unusual way. The doctor helps infertile couples find surrogate mothers to make both parties happy. Every day, Rie risks her position, because Japanese law prohibits the bearing of children for other couples.

Original title:
Jîn warutsu

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Miho Kanno, Seiichi Tanabe, Nao Omori…

Country:
Japan

Rating:
IMDb – 5.6


Oh Mommy (2008)

The comedy film will introduce viewers to Kate, who has always had a job in the first place. When a careerist thinks about the birth of a baby, the doctor voices a disappointing prognosis. Kate has minimal chances of pregnancy, so the business woman decides to resort to the services of a surrogate mother. The careerist finds the ideal candidate for health reasons, but does not take into account the cardinal differences in characters.

Original title:
Baby Mama

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Start over. Martha (mini-series 2008)

In youth, there is not always enough money even for essential goods, but each person solves financial problems in his own way. The heroine of the four-episode film bore babies for other couples, which allowed her to become a successful business woman. One day, Marta thinks about her own child. The attempt to become a mother is unsuccessful, and the woman wants to find already born children.

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Maria Poroshina, Egor Beroev, Lydia Fedoseeva-Shukshina …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Like everyone else (2007)

Manu has money, a house and a beloved partner, but the man considers the family inferior without a child. The chosen one does not support the boyfriend’s dreams, so a serious conversation ends in a break. After parting with her lover, the intention to become a father only strengthens, and Manu resorts to the help of an immigrant. A man has no legitimate way to know the happiness of parenthood, and he is willing to risk everything.

Original title:
Comme les autres

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Lambert Wilson, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Pascal Elbe…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.5


Adult Girls Games (2004)

The heroines of the Ukrainian film Zhenya and Alka have been used to sharing grief and joy since childhood. Years later, best friends support each other, and in difficult moments they always come to the rescue. When Alka finds out that Zhenya will never be able to get pregnant, she offers to give birth to a baby for a friend. However, after the birth of a baby, it is not easy for a woman to part with a tiny little man.

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Victoria Tolstoganova, Evgeny Sidikhin, Lyubov Tolkalina …

Country:
Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Sweet Dreams (2003)

The top thematic films are completed by a European comedy with an original plot and an unpredictable ending. Sophie and Marie travel the world, deciding to settle in Northern Scotland. The girls have fun, but the next party ends in trouble, and the friends urgently need money. The hereditary count offers Marie to become a surrogate mother to give birth to his grandson, and a rash consent leads to a series of funny events.

Original title:
Skagerrak

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Iben Heile, Brona Gallagher, Martin Henderson …

Country:
Denmark, Sweden, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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