Mother and Child

Mother and Child

DVD - 2010
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Three women's lives share a common core. They have all been profoundly affected by adoption. At age fourteen, Karen placed a baby for adoption, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth grew up as an adopted child. Even though she is a bright and ambitious lawyer, she is a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy and her husband are just embarking on the adoption odyssey, hoping for the opportunity to become parents.


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Mar 08, 2017

With a statement ,"I have nothing to give!" is where this movie gets you in this slow, emotionally charged movie. This multi layered story has so much to give you, so don't miss a chance to watch it! Nicely tied up ending as well. Very pleasant surprise. A gem!

Apr 05, 2015

great movie! very intense! great acting by all actors! highly recommend!

I'm generally quite stingy with ratings, but I give this an unqualified 5 full star rating. The acting as well as the plot (timeline is a bit squishy, but never more than a minor distraction). I've never seen Annette Benning so intensely fierce and distraught or Naomi Watts so directed and mercenary. But what I love the most about this film is the transformation the characters achieve and the growth that results. I ended up reflecting on this film for days afterward, the true test of an exceptional film.

Jan 13, 2015

The characters in this film are so charming and charismatic that it almost made me ignore or forgive the societal Hollywood agendas i really don't like in this film aka the brainwashing agendas that are in too many Hollywood dramas screwing too many people up period.This is a very slick drama about adoption but not slick enough.

This is a lovely film about the complexities of mother and daughter relationships, across various generations, racial, and economic strata. It is a very human movie that speaks to all genders, as it also shows the struggles of the men who dare to love these mothers and daughters.

Michael Colford Oct 25, 2011

Rodrigo García is so clearly a writer/director who knows how to create dramatic stories about women, and we can always use more filmmakers like that. He also lets some beautiful performances by women and men shine through beautifully on film. In MOTHER AND CHILD, he’s got three terrific actresses, Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Kerry Washington, playing women in very different places when it comes to children. Bening plays Karen, a woman bearing the burden of having given a daughter up for adoption when she was 14. She is single and caring for her ailing mother, but can’t get past the loss of her only child. Naomi Watts plays Elizabeth, Karen’s daughter, a driven, controlling lawyer who is ambitious and independent, uninterested in starting a relationship, much less starting a family. They both live in L.A., yet neither have sought out the other. Kerry Washington plays Lucy, a young married woman who is unable to bear children, so seeks to adopt. How her story becomes intertwined with the other women is part of this beautifully crafted story.

Bening, Watts and Washington are all outstanding, giving award-worthy performances, but the great acting doesn’t end there. Samuel Jackson, as Elizabeth’s boss, and Jimmy Smitts, as a co-worker who is interested in Karen, turn in realistic and true performances that truly enhance the film. It was also nice to see Shareeka Epps (HALF-NELSON) in a supporting role as the birth mother of the child Lucy intends to adopt. In addition to the acting, García’s script is so eloquent and so natural that it propels MOTHER AND CHILD far beyond TV-movie-of-the-week fodder and turns it into near poetry. We’ve got a screener of this film, so I highly recommend you try to catch it.

Jul 19, 2011

This is a Crash-style movie where seemingly disaparate stories all converge at the end. The individual performances here are strong enough, but the plotline defies the laws of time. There are major holes in the story that emerge at the halfway point and will ruin the movie for any observant viewer. My next comment may be misconstrued as a spoiler - so read at your own caution - but it's worth pointing out that one character is pregnant for at least 15 months. I don't know what to think of this...

May 10, 2011

This movie was riveting and is played out just like all this producers movies, pieces of peoples lives, past, present, future, and then he threads them all together somehow. Heartbreaking and healing, as it usually goes. I loved it!

May 05, 2011

Powerfully emotive film. One to watch with your mum.

lilmisslibrary Apr 11, 2011

A very interesting movie about about the twists and turns, the joys and the sorrows that can be associated with adoption. This film shows various view points and life long impacts of the domestic adoption process - from the views of the birth mother, the adopted child, and the adoptive parents.
The movie is slow at times but if your life has been impacted by adoption you will find it very interesting.

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