The Mother is a Netflix thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a fierce mother who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter from a dangerous past. The movie is set in a remote Alaskan town surrounded by snow and wilderness, creating a stunning backdrop for the action-packed story.
But The Mother was not actually filmed in Alaska. However, it was shot in places which are equally cold, and the cast did do a good job managing in that cold!
The film was mainly shot in Smithers, British Columbia. The cast also shot extensively in other locations across British Columbia, such as Victory Square, The Opal Mine, and the Darrell Bay Ferry Terminal.
In this article, we will explore the filming locations of The Mother and discuss what made the film seem so real.
1. Smithers, British Columbia
A bulk of The Mother was shot in Smithers, British Columbia. The exact location of the cabin where Lopez’s character lived is not disclosed, but it is somewhere in Smithers in the Bulkley Valley. Some important scenes were filmed here, such as the scene where the mother is hunting for food.
The film features a long, action-filled finale where Lopez’s character battles her enemies on snowmobiles across the snowy mountains. The scene is thrilling as she has to maneuver her snowmobile while also firing at the men pursuing her.
This scene was also shot in various locations in British Columbia. The Opal Mine near McDonell Lake Road, Microwave Ridge and The Prairie on top of Hudson Bay Mountain were some of the filming locations.
2. Darrell Bay Ferry Terminal
The film features a scene at a dock in the fictional Alaskan town. The actual location of the dock is the Darrell Bay Ferry Terminal in Squamish, British Columbia.
Filming in Squamish enabled the film to capture the beauty of the landscape, as the Stawamus Chief Mountain can be seen in some shots.
3. Victory Square
The film mostly happens in the snow, but some scenes did not require cold weather. One of them is when Zoe is taken by the foes. Lopez tries to shoot at the men who take her daughter, but they escape with her.
This scene is supposed to be in Cincinnati Park in Ohio but was actually filmed at a park in British Columbia called Victory Square. Near the park, The Mother also shot in a parking lot called EasyPark Lot. This is where the main character sneaks into a pickup truck from below and gets away from the villains.
4. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The film crew moved the production to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital city of Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, to film the scenes where Lopez’s character visits Havana. Most of the Havana scenes were filmed in a neighborhood called San Juan.
There is a car chase scene in The Mother that is supposed to be in Malecon, but the scene actually happens on Marina Street. During the chase scene, the characters encounter a wedding just as the protagonist hits Tarantula with her car. This specific sequence was filmed outside the Cathedral of Santa Ana.
In another flashback scene where Lopez’s character tells Cruise how she got mixed up with Álvarez and Lovell, she chats with Lovell on a balcony and then dances with him in the streets. The scene was filmed at the Literary Cabinet building in Gran Canaria.
5. Other Filming Locations
The film was also shot at some other locations, such as the Big 3 Gas station on Seabird Island, the Mission Bridge on Fraser River, and Wheelz Restaurant in Dewdney, where Lopez’s character had lunch with Zoe. All of these are in British Columbia.
Another scene, where Lopez’s character looks after Zoe, was filmed at Victory Square. The final scene in the film, where the main character bids farewell to Zoe so that she can go back to her foster mother, was shot at the Church of Angels in Pasadena, California.
6. About The Mother
The Mother is a 2023 American action thriller film directed by Niki Caro with a screenplay by Misha Green, Andrea Berloff and Peter Craig, from a story by Green. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Paez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, and Gael García Bernal.
The film revolves around a mother who has to protect her daughter Zoe from her foes at all costs. The Mother was released on May 12, 2023, by Netflix to mixed reviews from critics.