Thursday, January 30, 2014
Mother and Child (2009) [R] ****
Karen (Annette Bening) is an unmarried physical therapist who lives in suburban Los Angeles with her invalid mother. Karen is in her early fifties, and the major regret in her life is that she got pregnant when she was fourteen, and gave up her child for adoption. Karen is closed, mistrustful and bitter about life. Her daughter, Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), now thirty-seven, is an attorney - single, self-reliant, cold and calculating. Karen and Elizabeth have never met, although they have spent a lifetime wondering about each other. Their stories intersect with that of Lucy (Kerry Washington), who is married and childless, and who hopes to fulfill her dreams of motherhood through adoption, although her husband is having second thoughts.
Written and directed with insight and sensitivity by Rodrigo Garcia, this bittersweet, character-driven story will most appeal to viewers who are drawn to heartfelt, emotional, female-centered dramas on the themes of adoption, parenting, self-sacrifice, the importance of family, and the fulfillment of potential. Bening, Watts and Washington are all outstanding in their lead roles, and there are excellent supporting performances by Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson and Shareeka Epps.
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RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=66, viewers=74)