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Child's Pose 2013 NR

(9) IMDb 7.5/10
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A spellbinding thriller of social commentary and psychological realism, Child's Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash.

Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Genres Drama, International
Director Calin Peter Netzer
Starring Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache
Supporting actors Natasa Raab, Ilinca Goia, Florin Zamfirescu, Vlad Ivanov, Mimi Branescu, Cerasela Iosifescu, Adrian Titieni, Tania Popa, Leontina Väduva, Ion Grosu, Oxana Moravec, Mihai Dorobantu, Nicolae Scarlat, Silvia Dogaru, Ionut Hotea, Ana Maria Samson, Alexandru Georgescu, Gelu Coleag
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D_shrink VINE VOICE on June 8, 2014
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A great foreign language art film and top prize winner at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival in which Luminitia Gheorghiu playing the mother, Cornialia Keneris Fagarasana steals the show.

Cornelia is a totally unlikeable controlling women who wants to manipulate everyone into doing her bidding, but she most despises her husband Relu and wants to get her claws back into her 30 something yo son, Barbu, after he marries Carmen who she sees as a threat for control of him. She gets her chance when Barbu is speeding home to be with Carmen, played to perfection by Illinca Goia, and ends up killing a 14yo boy in a traffic accident. This gives Cornelia a chance to exert her controlling infuence once again. She tries to manipulate the police at the station offering them bribes when threats don't work, especially with the female cop; she tries to bribe the one witness to say he was going much slower than he was as Barbu passed him thereby proving Barbu was speeding and at fault.

Cornelia never has a kind word for anyone unless it is to manipulate them into doing her bidding. She tells her husband, Relu, that he is a wimp for allowing her to push him around and lets her son beat on her quite often to show off her bruises/scars to prove she loves him. She enlists her sister, Olga, a physician, to help her in all this. We can tell early on that both Relu and Barbu have no spine.

Cornelia likes her sex, when it gains her an advantage for something she really wants, chain smokes cigatettes and doesn't mind having a drink or two in the morning. Yet as all these machinations play out, it is sad to see how the little 14yo boy run over by Barbu and his poor family are treated by the system.
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“Child’s Pose” (2013 release from Romania; 112 min.) brings the story of Cornelia, a well to do (and even better politically connected) 60 yr. old woman, and her grown-up son. As the movie opens, we see Cornelia complaining to a friend how little she sees of her 30-something son, who is in a longtime relationship with Carmen, whom Cornelia does not care for. It’s not long into the movie that Cornelia gets the news that her son has been involved in a serious car accident, in which he runs over and kills a 14 yr. old boy who had stupidly run across the freeway. Was her son speeding? Or under the influence? At that point nobody, including us the viewers, knows the full circumstances of the incident. To Cornelia, none of that matters, as she goes into overdrive to call on her connections, political and otherwise, to keep her son out of jail. Along the way we get to know more and more of the son, who turns out to be a no-good, heartless scumbag who despises both his parents. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is a stunning movie on so many levels. Initially it looks like this might be a police thriller (putting the pieces and facts together so as to understand what really happened at the time of the accident), and/or political statement (on how the “1%” in Romania manipulate things to their advantage) but as the movie progresses, the focus shift towards the relationship between mother and son. Despite both of them being unlikeable characters (it’s tough to favor either of the controlling (at one point, Cornelia’s husband sneeringly calls her “Controlia”, ha!
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A haunting slide-of-life drama from Romania, "Child's Pose" explores the strained relationship between a middle-aged mother and her adult son, set within the context of an unspeakable human tragedy.

Cornelia Keneres, portrayed with masterful understatement and restraint by Luminita Gheorghiu, is a haughty, emotionally aloof woman who, nevertheless, just can't seem to cut the cords that bind her to her only child, Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache). Barbu, of course, resents his mother's endless interference in his life, an interference that is only intensified when he tragically runs over and kills a 14-year-old boy who's crossing a freeway on which Barbu is driving recklessly. Because Barbu seems devoid of initiative in trying to make things right with both the legal system and the family of the victim, Cornelia launches into full Mama Bear mode, lavishing large sums of money in her wake as she attempts to clean up the life-shattering mess her son has made for himself and others. Is Cornelia now paying the consequences for treating her son as a child for so long? Is that why he now finds himself unable to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for his actions as a mature adult should?

Filmed in a wholly realistic and naturalistic style, "Child's Pose" is about as far from melodrama as a movie about life-and-death issues could possibly be. There are no grand speeches, no emotional outbursts springing from the tragic events of the story. The movie makes us feel as if we are eavesdropping on these people as they go about the business of trying to make sense of an entirely senseless situation. As such, we get to witness first-hand the agony and grief, the bitterness and guilt, and the thirst for redemption that the various characters are going through.
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