Writer: Syahida KamarudinWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“All About My Mother”, “Babel”.
Good news, you can now celebrate this coming Mother's Day with mummy dearest at the cinema!
From the same production that brought you 2006's "Babel" and "21 Grams", "Mother and Child" is a poignant film about motherhood and adoption. The movie revolves around the lives of three separate individuals, intermittently linked by either blood or chance - a lonely mother living with the pain of having given up her child for adoption, a bitter woman who was once given up for adoption, and another woman who can't bear her own child and needs to adopt.
The beauty of the film is that it takes a subject of adoption to a level where the audience can see the hollow of losing a bond and the fulfillment of a woman from becoming a mother. Kudos to the director Rodrigo Garcia (although often criticised for his idealistic views of the world at large) for the ability to present each and every scene with such straightforwardness, hitting the right spots at the right moment.
While Samuel L. Jackson shows his mellower side instead of the usual tough guy roles he plays, it is Annette Bening who captures the most attention. As Karen, the difficult old spinster gave given her child up for adoption when she was 14, Bening is believable and most certainly interesting to watch. Naomi Watts is graceful despite her character's hateful traits at the beginning of the movie. Not much can be said about Kerry Washington as her character Lucy as a woman who is determined to adopt has been depicted in lots of made-for-TV movies before.
The only miss in this film is Garcia's tendency to explain every detail without letting the audience to figure it out by themselves. It almost made the movie lose its charm. In the end, we learn that you don't really need an ensemble of big names to work your film - it's the rawness of the character that counts, and seeing an unfamiliar Brittany Robertson playing such a sweet memorable character like the blind Violet proves that you don't need to call David Morse for a five-minute role.Cinema Online, 03 May 2010