Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress,The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) stars as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash.
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2.4 Did I just re-watch THE SALESMAN? Vérité sequences, fast-cut editing (polished FESTEN?) feel like a broken crutch; both aspects bend rehashed moral dilemmas sideways like the "putty" father, finally assuming a solid plasticity. Sure, a rare portrayal of RO bourgeois, corruption in tow (and Luminița, wow!) But this feels like an exhausted mold, erroneously casted (sculpturally speaking). (You should still see it.)
A very powerful minimalist film showcasing a rather documentary style type of camerawork and superb performances from the actors. There are a couple of moments in the film that are wound inflicting due to their pure emotional intensity - particularly the scene involving Adrian Titieni, the child's father - you can almost grasp his intense heartbreak... The end is abrupt and perfect in the film's context.
A disquieting film. Luminita Gheorghiu captivates with her performance as a grasping, clinging mother who will stop at nothing to protect her son whose innocence or guilt is of no real importance to her, only that he is available to her whenever she needs him to be. Space being limited I'll direct you to Sheila O'Malley's great review here: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/childs-pose-2014
Una película sobre el egoísmo maternal, el matriarcado, la castración, el incesto, la división de clases, la crítica social/gubernamental, la teatralidad, la redención. Un filme que por su fijación al estereotipo, descuida el plano argumental. La historia es predecible, e incluso el final no marca la diferencia.