Mother and Child

Emotionally charged drama features 3 stories of different women and the subject of adoption, the common thread that unites their experiences.  An absolute powerhouse in the acting department: Kerry Washington, Annette Bening, and Naomi Watts are uniformly brilliant.  Many scenes rely on nothing but the actor and their words.  Simply the way someone sits or the length of pause before speaking, complements the scene just as much as what is actually being said.  Colombian-born writer and director Rodrigo García gives a surprisingly credible voice to these complicated women.  They can be downright unpleasant at times, but that’s human and sincere and what makes this ensemble piece so affecting.  Serious-minded drama is adult in every sense of the word, but viewers that crave a raw and deeply moving experience, will be not be disappointed.

3 Responses to “Mother and Child”

  1. I loved the way it was filmed in the beginning Karen (Annette Bening) was so unhappy her life was portrait in grey and black as she got happier there was color in her life.


  2. I want to see it. Annette Bening and Naomi Watts are among my favorite actresses, plus I’ve been hearing a lot about how good Rodrigo García is, so…


  3. Rochelle Says:

    Let me start by saying that I had no real desire to see this film. The trailer made it look like a total drag and really some earth mother femi-flick, and in some ways it is. In that, women dominate this film and the subject is not always uplifting. How it wasn’t on the other hand is much harder to articulate. Women are very much the center of this film, but the male portion of the cast is hardly cookie-cutter or cliched. It takes a very understanding man to be able to handle Annette Bening as Karen and Jimmy Smits as Paco does it flawlessly. Literally everybody in this film is good and could be shown as examples of how a truly good actor doesn’t act, but reacts. I could go on and on about each character and the story, but it’s better if you see for yourself. I really loved this film and found myself thinking of it long after watching it and I was still having an emotional response at the memory of it. This is not an easy thing to accomplish with me and for that I give this film a very high recommendation.


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