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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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4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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) »

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All roads of life lead to one.

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Drama | Romance

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

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2 July 2010 (Spain)  »

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Untitled Rodrigo García Project  »

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$4,825,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,110,286 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson would work together again in Django Unchained (2012). See more »

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[first lines]
Karen: Her birthday's coming up. She'll be 37.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

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written and Performed by Clint Sands
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A top-notch and deeply moving film
14 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Mother and Child was the best movie I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival — and I saw 25.

Annette Bening is staggeringly brilliant in her role. She's a prickly and largely unappealing character, but the actress brings such humanity to the performance as a woman whose heart is slowly coming to life. Naomi Watts also brings nuance and humanity to a flawed and complex character. In a world where characters must always be "likeable," these performances feel like revelations.

Direction is consistently sensitive and intelligent. The script deftly moves between three worlds, with intersections that are surprising and never feel forced.

If Mother and Child doesn't garner wide distribution (and an Oscar nod for Ms. Bening) then this industry is deeply flawed.


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