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MOTHER AND CHILD

Three women`s lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Karen (Annette Bening) had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child; she`s a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy (Kerry Washington) is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become their own.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 6 May 2010
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours 7 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Annette Bening
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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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
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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