• Mother and Child (2010)

Mother and Child

Release Date: May 7th, 2010

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen (Annette Bening) is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) was an adopted child and is now a successful lawyer, but her personal life lacks warmth. Lucy (Kerry Washington) and her husband have failed to conceive and now hope to adopt a baby to make their family complete.

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Cherry Jones, Elpidia Carrillo

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Mockingbird Pictures

Keywords: Husband, Mother, Hospital, Love, Transformation, Family, Daughter, 2000s, Marriage, Quest, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    While on its face, Mother and Child is about the impact of adoption, in its heart Garcia's movie reckons how consequential motherhood is in the calculus of womanhood. The fine actors show how we bond to those not related to us by blood - and also how we love. Bring Kleenex. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A slow and lugubrious film about the impact of adoption on the lives of three women. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Some may find the film overly schematic, but Garcia smartly uses three parallel narratives to probe the extraordinary nature of motherhood. show more

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