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 dark piece of neorealism - and a searing indictment of Eastern Europe's newly moneyed classes ...
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.
Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial.
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.
A fascinating, troubling and finally controversial portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.
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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.
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.
A very engrossing and caustic examination of the upper class Romanian psychology as manifested in an overbearing and controlling mother's obsessive love for her 30 something year old son. Amazing how she can be so cold, calculating and manipulative when it comes to all tasks necessary for damage control to keep her son out of jail when he accidentally kills a boy in an auto accident. The end scene shatters all that cool calm collectiveness of the mother and the man child to both face their humanity.
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