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Mother and Child [DVD]

Annette Bening , Naomi Watts , Rodrigo Garcia    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits
  • Directors: Rodrigo Garcia
  • Format: PAL, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UF25TI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,269 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives) and executive producer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams) comes the moving story of three women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington) and the power of the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

Annette Bening is Karen, a bitter, unhappy spinster copying with the death of her mother and the lifelong feelings of loss and regret over the child she gave up for adoption when she was 14. Naomi Watts is Elizabeth, the grown up daughter she s never met, now an ambitious lawyer who has trouble making emotional connections and Kerry Washington is Lucy, an infertile wife who turns to adoption as the key to the maternity she passionately craves. Rodrigo Garcia skilfully interweaves the rich and complex stories of these three women into a single narrative that runs deep with emotion.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The stories of several mothers are interwoven in this drama about motherhood: The longing to become a mother; the pains of motherhood; the heart-wrenching suffering of those who wish to evade motherhood. It is a sad story. The joy of motherhood hardly features in this film. It is about women. They dominate the film. Men play a secondary, most of the time flat and unassuming role. Men can be thoughtful, kind and sensitive, but they have nothing to say in motherhood. This film is about the hard, lonely world of mothers.

Karen (Annette Bening) gave birth to her only child when she was fourteen and gave her up for adoption. This momentous event ruined her life. Consumed by guilt, she was unable to establish any meaningful relationships with men. She lived with her mother until her mother died but both women did not really open themselves for one another. Karen knows she is "difficult": judgmental, stubborn, opinionated, uncompromising, determined, strong-willed, and very lonely. Although her daughter plays very important part in her life, Karen never tried to look for her.

Everything changes when Paco (Jimmy Smits) enters her life. It was not easy for him to penetrate the stubborn-sturdy walls that Karen erected around herself but he finds a way, to Karen's surprise. "Where did you come from?" she asks him. Karen's opened to Paco's abundant kindness, and quickly marries him. Paco "leads his way" to persuade her to look for her daughter, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) had a very difficult life. From a very young age, she had to live alone and to force herself into the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and Powerful. 31 Aug 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Criticised on its release as far-fetched Mother and Child is far more than this. Annette Benning gives a brave and fierce performance as Karen, whose life is enmeshed with that of a damaged young lawyer (Naomi Watts) and a a young black woman (Kerry Washington) desperate to become a mother. All three roles are unsentimental, fiercely realistic but still instilled with intense realism. No this is not an easy film and at just over two hours it is quite demanding too but it certainly has a fascination of its own as we watch the trajectory of their lives merge in a complex and decidedly bitter-sweet conclusion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect film 4 April 2012
Well, what can I say about this film...? I saw it at out local indie cinema and was just immersed in it. I think it is a beautiful film. Thought provoking, sad but I have to say there are some very funny moments in it too.
Truly one of the best if not THE best film I have seen in a very very long time. Watching it I wanted it to just keep going and going although I realised the film ran to a very natural ending and I felt involved with all the characters and their stories from beginning to end.
I have to stress that I am a fan of all films as long as they are made well. I love horror but also love the Toy Story's, Mary Poppins, Mrs Doubtfire, When Harry Met Sally, Amelie, Shawshank. A good film is a good film regardless of genre and this is a GREAT FANTASTIC film. A scary film should scare the daylights out of you, a happy film make you smile etc etc and I cried several times throughout this film and was a blubbering wreck by the end.

DO ME A FAVOUR AND JUST BUY THIS FILM. Watch it and your life will be made better even if it's just by a little bit. 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film 13 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I recommend this film especially if you have been adopted or thinking of adopting a child the story is
interlinked well done I cried very moving thee cast was spot on the delivery was on time the service
impeccable well done amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching 10 Dec 2013
By Mobs
Great movie, evoked a variety of emotions - laughter, joy , sadness, tears. Good life message. Don't take life for granted. I will definitely recommend it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adult, Frank and Quietly Absorbing... 19 Oct 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Not having children myself, or married, I wasn't hoping too much from this one, that came up on Sky Movies Premier. But, with a strong cast, I thought I'd give it a go.

Whilst many of the scenarios that Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L Jackson and some very good 'others' find themselves in and their sexual partners do seem rather unusual, they are all interesting. It's great, too, to see these familiar faces in unfamiliar territory - I'll never be able to look at Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs again and see Samuel LJ in quite the same way, again!

Whilst this multi-stranded story does meander a bit and possibly go on for a little too long (126mins) life is rather like that and whilst also it's not always exactly riveting, there is enough variety and subtle strands for it to remain reasonably engaging and enjoyable. It can also be surprisingly moving, too and with an unexpected twist, or two, along the way, it's nicely unpredictable, as sexual adventures turn to varying facets of motherhood.

For those in the mood for such, or at this particular stage of life themselves, affecting more than it did me, then the themes explored will result undoubtedly in a better, more fulfilling film. I would give more than three stars, so 3.5, but not quite 4.
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