Mother and Child Reviews

  • Feb 08, 2019

    This brilliant film explores the depth and scope of loss and redemption poignantly but without sanctimony. Too many contemporary stories portray birthmothers as stock characters indistinguishable from one another as human beings, linger in the delivery room, and presume there is a universal range of responses to surrender. Instead, "Mother and Child" focuses not only on the birthmother, but on the many lives touched, intersecting and only occassionally interwoven by the birth and adoption of one child. The actors are skilled and exceptionally well-cast, and the script is not burdened with smarmy cliches. Birth and death pass as swift, transient events in "Mother and Child", reminding us that the swaddling and shrouding are seconds long - and the substance of life is everything in between. The women - the birthmother, her mother, the daughter she surrendered, the adoptive mother, and their mothers - are distinct, separate individuals whose lives are variously affected by adoption, absent or engaged, but always independent. "Mother and Child" is only disappointing in ending with Munrealistic images of closure, that seem contrived in these characters and most improbable in real life.

    This brilliant film explores the depth and scope of loss and redemption poignantly but without sanctimony. Too many contemporary stories portray birthmothers as stock characters indistinguishable from one another as human beings, linger in the delivery room, and presume there is a universal range of responses to surrender. Instead, "Mother and Child" focuses not only on the birthmother, but on the many lives touched, intersecting and only occassionally interwoven by the birth and adoption of one child. The actors are skilled and exceptionally well-cast, and the script is not burdened with smarmy cliches. Birth and death pass as swift, transient events in "Mother and Child", reminding us that the swaddling and shrouding are seconds long - and the substance of life is everything in between. The women - the birthmother, her mother, the daughter she surrendered, the adoptive mother, and their mothers - are distinct, separate individuals whose lives are variously affected by adoption, absent or engaged, but always independent. "Mother and Child" is only disappointing in ending with Munrealistic images of closure, that seem contrived in these characters and most improbable in real life.

  • Nov 19, 2016

    Poignant story about a woman who gave up her child for adoption at a young age. Mother and daughter lead separate lives. The mother upon discovering her daughter's death she reconnects with her granddaughter later in her life.

    Poignant story about a woman who gave up her child for adoption at a young age. Mother and daughter lead separate lives. The mother upon discovering her daughter's death she reconnects with her granddaughter later in her life.

  • Mar 05, 2016

    The sins of the fathers, or mothers and the lost and found lives. Annette Bening and Naomi Watts really are an acting powerhouse. And weirdly enough they do look alike.

    The sins of the fathers, or mothers and the lost and found lives. Annette Bening and Naomi Watts really are an acting powerhouse. And weirdly enough they do look alike.

  • Feb 02, 2016

    Naomi Watts and Britt Robertson are wonderful. This is a very involved and detailed movie. At 2 hours it is too long.

    Naomi Watts and Britt Robertson are wonderful. This is a very involved and detailed movie. At 2 hours it is too long.

  • Dec 05, 2015

    I really enjoyed this movie. This is pure drama when it's at its best. It's about three women who all intertwine in this movie about mothers and children and their lives. Mother and Child really shows the love that mothers have for their children and that biology has nothing to do with being able to call someone your child. Great acting from Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson and Britt Robertson. This movie was heartfelt and emotional and no matter how crazy a character in this movie might seem, I believed in every word they said and every action they made.

    I really enjoyed this movie. This is pure drama when it's at its best. It's about three women who all intertwine in this movie about mothers and children and their lives. Mother and Child really shows the love that mothers have for their children and that biology has nothing to do with being able to call someone your child. Great acting from Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L Jackson and Britt Robertson. This movie was heartfelt and emotional and no matter how crazy a character in this movie might seem, I believed in every word they said and every action they made.

  • Sep 11, 2015

    Intense and emotional for me......but probably too slow for others.....

    Intense and emotional for me......but probably too slow for others.....

  • Jul 26, 2015

    Drama en el que se tocan varios temas difíciles y hasta polémicos, el argumento central gira en torno a la adopción y el posible reencuentro de padres biológicos con su hijos dados en adopción, sin embargo, se entremezclan temas como la migración, trato a los adultos mayores, adicción al trabajo, etc., en un filme en el que el final agridulce la vuelve buena.

    Drama en el que se tocan varios temas difíciles y hasta polémicos, el argumento central gira en torno a la adopción y el posible reencuentro de padres biológicos con su hijos dados en adopción, sin embargo, se entremezclan temas como la migración, trato a los adultos mayores, adicción al trabajo, etc., en un filme en el que el final agridulce la vuelve buena.

  • Jun 15, 2015

    tres buenas historias unidas x un tema dificil. el final debio ser diferente.. pero es buena

    tres buenas historias unidas x un tema dificil. el final debio ser diferente.. pero es buena

  • Aug 07, 2014

    The message of the film outweighed the acting and the consistence of the transitions between scenes which made the overall delivery a bit tepid but.. it's still a decent film if you look at it through a purely connotative outlook

    The message of the film outweighed the acting and the consistence of the transitions between scenes which made the overall delivery a bit tepid but.. it's still a decent film if you look at it through a purely connotative outlook

  • Jun 09, 2014

    Awesome movie! Some really good acting..

    Awesome movie! Some really good acting..