Mother and Child

April 29th, 2010







Advertisments





more trailers Mother and Child

Still of Annette Bening and Jimmy Smits in Mother and ChildStill of Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts in Mother and ChildKerry Washington and Amanda Seyfried at event of Mother and ChildStill of Annette Bening and Jimmy Smits in Mother and ChildStill of Annette Bening in Mother and ChildStill of David Ramsey and Kerry Washington in Mother and Child

Plot
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (4,726 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Rodrigo García

Stars: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington

Storyline
Almost forty years ago, a young girl of fourteen has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth, a smart and successful lawyer who uses her body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband. Karen, meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of fourteen (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her...

Cast:
Alexandria M. Salling - Karen (age 14) (as Alexandria Salling)
Connor Kramme - Tom (age 14)
Annette Bening - Karen
Eileen Ryan - Nora
Samuel L. Jackson - Paul
Naomi Watts - Elizabeth
Cherry Jones - Sister Joanne
Kerry Washington - Lucy
David Ramsey - Joseph
Kay D'Arcy - Karen's Hydrotherapy Patient
Bradford Alex - Physical Therapist
Jimmy Smits - Paco
Elpidia Carrillo - Sofia
Simone Lopez - Cristi
Carla Gallo - Tracy



Details

Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 29 April 2010

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,825,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $43,040 (USA) (9 May 2010) (4 Screens)

Gross: $1,110,286 (USA) (17 October 2010)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Despite playing mother and daughter on film, in reality Annette Bening is only 10 years older than Naomi Watts. Nevertheless, Bening's character gets pregnant at 14, so their age difference shouldn't be much more anyway.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Karen: Her birthday's coming up. She'll be 37.



User Review

Pitch Perfect & Sensitively Directed

Rating: 10/10

Caught this one at TIFF, and it was one of the best movies of the festival. Rodrigo Garcia directed "Nine Lives", which may be familiar to some audiences. That one was from 2005 and wove together a series of short vignettes. Garcia has a wonderful sensibility at portraying female characters in that one, and in "Mother & Child" he builds upon it even further as the movie centers around the theme of adoption and how it affects three adult women, played by Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Kerri Washington.

I suppose this will get the "chick flick" label upon it's release, but for any lover of good dramas with characters you can sink your teeth into, that shouldn't matter, and besides, when did it become unfashionable for grown men to see movies with attractive female stars in them? There isn't a false moment or a scene that doesn't ring true, and I found myself so involved in the particularities of all the characters we meet that it no longer mattered to me what happened next, it was more interesting to get inside the shoes and take a walk inside the lives of these characters, so well fleshed out by all the stars here. So many big movies from America often feature adults behaving like children, and so it's ultimately refreshing and quite moving to follow the characters in "Mother & Child" who are going through very adult problems and acting like adults throughout, even if sometimes they fall or crack or are flawed.

I think Bening and Watts, playing two very complicated and difficult women, should be nominated for Oscars. This movie takes material that could have been dumbed down and made into a TV movie of the week, but instead Rodrigo Garcia elevates the film by really listening to his characters. A wonderful movie, not just for women, but for all adults who like good movies, and for all film-goers who especially like "hyperlink" movies, that is, movies that deal with a multitude of characters while letting each of them take the wheel of the car. Terrific.









[shareaholic app="recommendations" id="21160979"]

Comments:


Advertisments