Sundance Review: "Mother and Child"


The best films at Sundance are those that speak to an audience with themes that are universal, featuring flawed, complex and deeply human characters. Rodrigo Garcia's "Mother and Child" is such a film, with some of the most exquisite performances captured on film in ages.


Destiny plays a part in the lives of three disparate women from a 50-year-old physical therapist [Annette Bening], the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years earlier [Naomi Watts], and a woman looking to adopt her first child [Kerry Washington]. Here we have what appears to be three distinct stories that inevitably intertwine and come together. However, this is not a film so much about narrative but the relationships and the foibles of humanity.


With profound insight, the film ventures deep into the hearts and souls of three women whose commonality often stems from our inability to communicate in different ways. Each of the three women are brought to life by three truly great actresses who manage to tell us all we need to know by what we can see on their expressive faces.


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