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Saturday, May 8, 2010

MOTHER & CHILD

By D.E.Levine

Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Writer: Rodrigo Garcia
Cast: Alexandria M. Sailing, Connor Kramme, Annette Bening, Eileen Ryan, Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Cherry Jones, Kerry Washington, David Ramsey, Jimmy Smits et al.
Producers: Lisa Maria Falcone and Julie Lynn
Executive Producers: Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo del Toro
Co-producer: Jonathan McCoy
Associate Producers: Karen Graci and Tom Heller
Original Music: Ed Shearmur
Running Time: 125 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Using multiple story lines that crisscross, filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia presents a tender film that will probably gain more of a following of female viewers.

The initial story is about two 14-year old teenagers who make out and as a result have a baby, surrendered at birth by the young mother.

Thirty-seven years later we see the baby, Elizabeth, now grown into a beautiful woman and brilliant lawyer who uses sex and her body when she needs to control situations at the office and in her personal life. She's independent but has no goals except for a judgeship and drifts aimlessly from law firm to law firm.

The unwed mother, Karen, is a bitter unmarried health professional who cares for her elderly, invalid mother, Nora, the same mother who was responsible for surrendering the baby. She's awkward in her relationships with people and alienates them which embitters her even more. She is unable to have a relationship with a tender co-worker until her mother dies.

Yet another story line deals with a young couple who can't conceive and decide to adopt a child. Set up with a Catholic agency to adopt a baby if the mother approves, they (Lucy and Joseph)earn acceptance only to have the mother renege after the baby is born.

As Karen and Elizabeth search for each other fate intervenes and prevents their meeting. However, fate also intervenes to bring Karen and Lucy together in an unexpected way.

Mother & Child is a beautiful, heart-tugging movie that is realistic enough to make the viewer believe it could actually happen. Garcia displays a sensitivity and understanding of emotions that is essential to making the film work.