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Child's Pose (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. It marks the third feature directed by Calin Peter Netzer and yet another impressive, witty screenplay by Razvan Radulescu, who co-wrote Cristi Puiu's THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU and STUFF AND DOUGH, as well as TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS, THE PAPER WILL BE BLUE and other landmarks of the Romanian New Wave. (c) Zeitgeist
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Florin Zamfirescu
as Aurelian Fagarasanu
Ilinca Goia
as Carmen
Natasa Raab
as Olga Cerchez
Vlad Ivanov
as Dinu Laurentiu
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Critic Reviews for Child's Pose

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (25)

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

Full Review… | April 11, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Top Critic

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.

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

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Child's Pose

This was the first movie that I watched from this director, and I haveto say that I truly enjoyed it. Something that can happen in every country and culture.

dan umi
dan umi

Gheorghiu is fabulous as the monstrous, over-controlling bourgeois mother in this sharp amalgam of social critique and family drama that even manages to make us feel pity towards her, conveying a world of complexities in its details, dialogue and characters' behavior.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The Dogma-style movie making starts off looking less like an intentional style and more like lazy camerawork, avoidance of editing, and incompetent lighting. It settles down after a while into a more professional looking product. The story is a bit cliched but is saved by the performances, particularly C?lin Peter Netzer as the mother, and by some growth in the character of the son.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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