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Mother and Child (2009)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandria M. Salling ...
Karen (age 14) (as Alexandria Salling)
Connor Kramme ...
Karen's Hydrotherapy Patient
Bradford Alex ...
Physical Therapist
Simone Lopez ...


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 - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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adoption | baby | girl | sex | lawyer | See All (203) »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 2010 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rodrigo García Project  »

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$4,825,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,040 (USA) (7 May 2010)


$1,110,286 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Robin Wright was originally cast as Naomi Watts's character, Elizabeth. See more »


[first lines]
Karen: Her birthday's coming up. She'll be 37.
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Garcia's Mothers
30 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rodrigo Garcia, the writer, director of "Mother And Child" is the son of Gabriel Garcia Marquez no less but his universe is solidly set on a reality that doesn't shy away from poetry. A poetry emerging from an open female heart. Wanting and longing for things we lost, for thing we let out of our lives. Annette Bening is superb. Superb! "She's 38 today" Annette tells her failing mother, talking about the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was merely 14. Naomi Watts is the long lost daughter and she is an updated version of the mother she never knew. Naomi Watts confirms, once more, her extraordinary range. The film works on every level and we live the changes the characters suffer with a palpitating heart of recognition. The entire cast is outstanding with Samuel L Jacksong giving a performance that is a revelation in itself. Gentle, strong, moving, powerful and funny. A film I highly recommend.

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