When Jimmy Smits holds out his hand, suddenly Karen's lifelong fury evaporates, transforming her into the loveliest woman ever known to man. What? All this time, and all she needed was the touch of Smits' mitts?
García may have a good movie in him; Iñárritu may have another (he once made Amores Perros). But as collaborators they should be divorced and sent, like their characters, to far-flung corners of the creative planet.
In the feature-length soap opera "Mother and Child," writer-director Rodrigo Garcia creates a multiple narrative about women, the choices - sometimes forced upon them - that they make regarding childbirth and the manifold repercussions.