Mother and Child

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US Distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
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Running Time:
125 mins
Rodrigo Garcia
Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits
Julie Lynn, Lisa Marie Falcone

Writer: Rodrigo Garcia

DoP: Xavier Perez Grobet

Editor: Steven Weisberg

Production Designer: Christopher Tandon

Costume Designer: Susie DeSanto

Casting Director: Heidi Levitt

Mother and Child

Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) never met her mother and never wanted to. She’s become a driven career woman with nobody to answer to – until an affair with Paul (Samuel L Jackson) leads to an unwanted pregnancy.  Karen (Annette Bening) was 14 when her mother forced her to give her baby up for adoption.  Years later, Karen has not forgotten but she still can't find the strength to go against her mother's will.  Lucy (Kerry Washington) is desperate to adopt in order to save her marriage. Her world comes crashing down when her husband leaves – until she hears of a newborn baby with no relatives.

As Karen decides to face her demons by looking for her daughter, Elizabeth finally finds the peace she strived for through this unwilling pregnancy and the strength to forgive, by looking for her mother. Lucy learns that she truly wants to be a mother – and not because of society’s pressures.

Mother and Child is a moving tale about the choices we make, the chances we miss, the opportunities we seize and the power of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child.

'A flawless film. Potent, poignant and beautifully calibrated.' - NEW YORK OBSERVER

“You don't seem like a man who's scared by scary things.” Elizabeth (Naomi Watts).
“It's a precaution. Sometimes when you fall, it's hard to get up.” Paul (Samuel L. Jackson).

What an ensemble, virtually every speaking part has a...

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Dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts ignite this strong drama from writer-director Rodrigo Garcia. Bening, at her blistering best, plays Karen, a physical therapist who was 14 when she gave up her daughter for adoption....

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Rating: 3.5 of 4 stars

Three mothers in need of a child. Three children, one not yet born. Three lives that are obscurely linked. Rodrigo Garcia has made his career with films sympathetic to the feelings of women, and his "Mother and Child...

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Throughout her career, the consistently luminous and diverse Naomi Watts has played a gallery of distinctive women, complex and fascinating, but none more so than her portrayal of emotionally detached lawyer Elizabeth who has an affair with her...

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Annette Bening and Naomi Watts will headline "Mother and Child," a multilayered drama from scripter and helmer Rodrigo Garcia.

Through overlapping stories, script follows a woman who gave up her daughter 35 years ago and an African-...

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Release information

UK Distributor

Verve / WestEnd Films
Release Date: 27th December 2011


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