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Child's Pose

Child's Pose (2014)

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93

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 5

It isn't necessarily an easy watch, but thanks to Netzer's interesting direction and a riveting performance from Gheorghiu, Child's Pose is rewarding.

96

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

It isn't necessarily an easy watch, but thanks to Netzer's interesting direction and a riveting performance from Gheorghiu, Child's Pose is rewarding.

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A sharply crafted family thriller, CHILD'S POSE pivots on a riveting performance by Gheorghiu (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, BEYOND THE HILLS) as a steely, upper-class Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim's family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism,

Unrated,

Drama

Razvan Radulescu

$94.9k

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (5)

A dark piece of neorealism - and a searing indictment of Eastern Europe's newly moneyed classes ...

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A Romanian political allegory - in Romanian - might sound like tough sledding, but thanks to a searing performance by Luminita Gheorghiu, "Child's Pose" is anything but.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Netzer crafts not only a chilling story of family dysfunction, but also an illuminating look into the corruption and decay of the Romanian bourgeoisie - without ever overplaying his hand. It all appears so effortless, when in fact it's so skillful.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fascinating, troubling and finally controversial portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A tour-de-force performance from Gheorghiu carries this 2013 drama along, but Radulescu provides the fine edge, noting how this lioness cloaks her selfish crusade in a plea for humanity.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Details are beautifully observed in lengthy, theatrical scenes, which may not have been sustainable without a captivating performance from Luminita Gheorghiu.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Child's Pose, in addition to featuring [its] sensational mother-son act, is a fascinating look into a corrupt society that is at times equally jaw-dropping.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Despite these effective touches, the film eventually becomes a bit monotonous: it's clear from very early on that Cornelia is a terrible person, but this doesn't stop Netzer from hammering home the point.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Exploring morality and forgiveness, mixed with a curious family dynamic, Child's Pose is an involving piece of cinema.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

The pacing is unyieldingly slow, while also missing that sense of creeping escalation that makes the better films of the Romanian art house moment so dreadfully effective

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Calin Peter Netzer is a director unafraid to spend a lot of time in one locale to let the crosscurrents of emotion in a complicated scene play out naturally. The editing is almost invisible as tensions tighten.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

What is so fine about this film is that Cornelia is depicted with subtlety, much of that due to the fine performance of Luminita Gheorghui.

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

A thriller, but, like the films of Asghar Farhadi, offers a depth of emotional engagement far beyond your average ... indeed, far beyond your average "straight drama". Its thrills are thrilling, but its drama is intense, moving, and extremely rewarding.

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

With its claustrophobic, handheld camerawork, Child's Pose is almost as suffocating as Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu), the well meaning but ultimately meddlesome mother ... a showstopping performance by Gheorghiu

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A punchy thriller and sweetly bleak tragicomedy. The last shot is as perfectly shaped and beautiful as a freshly forged chisel. Bare your heart.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Not a single character bends for our sympathies or campaigns for our support, and for that reason, Child's Pose marks an extremely brave work of remarkable realism.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

For those not driven off by a Mad Libs collection of "emotional tension," "gloomy plot," "grieving parents" and "modern Romania," "Child's Pose" is thrilling.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Cinema loves its messed up mother-son relationships. But rarely are they handled with the mastery of Calin Peter Netzer's tale of smotherly love Child's Pose.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

... both acerbic character study and understated indictment of Romania's justice system and entitled inner circle ... Like Angela Lansbury in 'Manchurian Candidate,' Gheorghiu's mother remains oblivious to the damage she has wrought.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaDope
CinemaDope

Under the sinuous direction of Calin Peter Netzer, we experience the story as if we were living it.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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