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Mother and Child (2009)

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A drama centered around three women: A fifty-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-five years ago, and a woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

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Rodrigo García

Writer:

Rodrigo García
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandria M. Salling Alexandria M. Salling ... Karen (age 14) (as Alexandria Salling)
Connor Kramme Connor Kramme ... Tom (age 14)
Annette Bening ... Karen
Eileen Ryan ... Nora
Samuel L. Jackson ... Paul
Naomi Watts ... Elizabeth
Cherry Jones ... Sister Joanne
Kerry Washington ... Lucy
David Ramsey ... Joseph
Kay D'Arcy Kay D'Arcy ... Karen's Hydrotherapy Patient
Bradford Alex Bradford Alex ... Physical Therapist
Jimmy Smits ... Paco
Elpidia Carrillo ... Sofia
Simone Lopez Simone Lopez ... Cristi
Carla Gallo ... Tracy
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Storyline

Almost forty years ago, a young girl of fourteen has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth, a smart and successful lawyer who uses her body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband. Karen, meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of fourteen (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably ... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Taglines:

All roads of life lead to one.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Rodrigo García Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,040, 9 May 2010

Gross USA:

$1,110,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,980,736
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Wright was originally cast as Elizabeth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karen: Her birthday's coming up. She'll be 37.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

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Latina
written by Robert J. Walsh courtesy of FirstCom
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Perfect, it has to get an Oscar nomination!
24 January 2011 | by tv_is_my_parentSee all my reviews

This movie moved me. I'm a guy but this movie and the end just make me cry.

I decided to watch this movie, because of HBO's director Rodrigo Garcia. And i'm thankful i did. It is so emotional i just wish HBO would make a drama series like this.

Naomi Watts is one of the greatest actresses on earth i think. She is still amazing but to bad that Sandra Bullock wins an Oscar where Watts still waits for one.

I also realize Annette Benning is an outstanding actress. I first watched her in American Beauty.

The scenario is great, too. Garcia should make more movies that quality. If you like drama movies (especially if you're a mom) you should watch this. Please give this a nomination academy! 8.5/10


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