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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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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.
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.
Child's Pose locks you into its complex tale of emotional (and familial) blackmail from the very beginning, whilst never feeling the need to descend into out-and-out melodramatic.
Filled with strong performances, especially from Gheorghiu, who makes out of Cornelia something more than just a campy overbearing matron.
By the time Child's Pose ended all I could do was say "Man, that was a great movie."
From a beginning that merely sketches the outlines of Cornelia's upper-class existence - she could be a contender for "The Real Housewives of Bucharest" - "Child's Pose" takes on more emotional substance as it develops.
... transmits the nervousness present in the tortuous relationship between mother and child and social tensions. [Full review in Spanish]
Child's Pose is the sort of film that foregrounds a major event rather than a plot per se, in the hope that the exploration of said event will allow character nuance and social significance to waft up from cracks in the façade.
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.
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