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Mother and Child is the latest film from Sundance and Cannes award-winning Colombian writer/director Rodrigo Garcia

Mother and Child

Mother and Child (directed by Rodrigo Garcia)

Mother and Child is the latest film from Sundance and Cannes award-winning Colombian writer/director Rodrigo Garcia, who is best known for his series In Treatment. It follows the interwoven lives of three women; a 50-year-old woman (Annette Bening), the daughter she gave up for adoption 35-years-ago (Naomi Watts), and an African American woman (Kerry Washington) looking to adopt a child of her own.

The title sums up this movie in a nutshell, as it’s all about the relationship between mother and child, specifically mothers and daughters. But despite being a female centric film, men don’t take a back seat and Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits put in solid performances in supporting roles. In fact, all of the performances from the multicultural cast are outstanding. Washington is the biggest surprise, holding her own as a powerful, contemporary actress.

Like his Golden Globe-winning In Treatment, Garcia has crafted an intense, adult drama that relies heavily on the complex, multi-layered characters at the fore. Watts plays against type and once again proves there’s nothing she can’t do, putting in one of her best performances to date, despite a seriously cringe-worthy sex scene with Jackson. And yes, it is as awful as it sounds.

Garcia has made a beautiful, tragic and often hilarious film that develops and evolves with the characters. He tackles the big themes and the big issues, and by the conclusion you’re left with an insight into the human condition. However, it will be interesting to see how this plays to a male audience and whether the content translates.

p.s. Now that the moderate excitement that was Iron Man 2 has died down, prepare to have your minds blown with this awesome fan art made for the movie. I thought the film posters were incredibly lack lustre so it’s not surprising the geek lords out there have come up with something much more creative and downright genius. What’s more, is after I recovered from the nerd-out I had while looking at this poster, I flicked through his website and found some other stellar takes on movie posters he has created.

Mother and Child is the latest film from Sundance and Cannes award-winning Colombian writer/director Rodrigo Garcia, 9 out of 10 (based on 367 votes)

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