Child's Pose

2014

Child's Pose

Critics 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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Critic Reviews for Child's Pose

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (7)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A dark piece of neorealism - and a searing indictment of Eastern Europe's newly moneyed classes ...

    Apr 11, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    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.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, troubling and finally controversial portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.

    Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 21, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer

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