After the terrible news of a fatal car accident involving her son, a desperate mother will do anything in her power to set her child free.

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Razvan Radulescu (screenplay), Cãlin Peter Netzer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Cornelia Keneres
Bogdan Dumitrache ... Barbu
Natasa Raab Natasa Raab ... Olga Cerchez
Ilinca Goia ... Carmen
Florin Zamfirescu Florin Zamfirescu ... Domnul Aurelian Fagarasanu
Vlad Ivanov ... Dinu Laurentiu
Mimi Branescu ... Policeman
Cerasela Iosifescu Cerasela Iosifescu
Adrian Titieni ... Child's father
Tania Popa Tania Popa
Leontina Vaduva Leontina Vaduva ... Leontina Vaduva, the Soprano (as Leontina Väduva)
Ion Grosu Ion Grosu
Oxana Moravec Oxana Moravec
Mihai Dorobantu Mihai Dorobantu
Nicolae Scarlat Nicolae Scarlat
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Seeing a way to reassert control over her adult son's life when he faces manslaughter charges, an affluent Romanian woman sets out on a campaign of emotional and social manipulation to keep him out of prison, navigating the waters of power, corruption and influence. Child's Pose is based on the sense of loss of parents who have to send their children away-physically and psychologically. The parent-child relationship is re-assessed through a son in his 30s that wants to escape from his mother, who in turn wants to keep her adult son by her side. The mother's character is quite familiar, but this film is unique in that the director delicately portrays how the controlling mother wants to deny that her son is destined to leave her by following the characters' emotional flows and gazing at their twisted desires. Luminita Gheorghiu turns in an extraordinary performance in playing a mother struggling to "save" her son. Heading to the conclusion, the film shows that the unhealthy mother-son ... Written by Ryan Silverman

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A mother's love knows no limits. See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official submission of Romania for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia Keneres: What did I do wrong?
Barbu: Never mind now. I'm putting this on the table. You can say yes or no. You either let me call you when I feel like it, or it's nothing. And a suggestion. If it's hard, find a substitute. A dog, a lover, a hobby. People your age visit the Pyramids.
Cornelia Keneres: Other people my age have a normal relationship with their child. Parents find their fulfillment in their children. Everything they failed to accomplish, they achieve through their children.
Barbu: So we're agreed.
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Meravigliosa creatura
(2004)
Written by Gianna Nannini and Mara Redigheri
Performed by Gianna Nannini
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what parents can't accomplish they achieve through their children
13 November 2015 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The Romanian New Wave continues with Călin Peter Netzer's "Poziția copilului" ("Child's Pose" in English). Luminița Gheorghiu plays an affluent woman whose son accidentally kills a boy in a traffic accident. The movie looks at a number of topics: corruption, emotional manipulation and parent-child relationships. All of these add up to a general focus on the state of affairs in Romania, as the woman seeks to pull strings to get her son a lenient prosecution, and tries to force the victim's family to forgive her son.

One of the most effective lines is "What parents can't accomplish they achieve through their children." One of the most obvious examples is shows like "American Idol". But beyond that, we see the woman chide her son for his unwillingness to grow up, even though she kept an overly tight leash on him most of his life.

All in all I recommend the movie. Shot in a naturalistic style, it hits you hard. I hope that Romania turns out more of these.


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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

8 March 2013 (Romania) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Budget:

EUR850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,955, 23 February 2014

Gross USA:

$97,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$994,126
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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