Karen (Annette Bening) is a 51-year-old physical therapist who lives with and cares for her ill mother.When Karen was a pregnant teenager, her mother forced her to give up her baby for adoption; 37 years later, Karen's obsession with the daughter she never knew has left her bitter and brittle.

Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is a high achieving 37-year-old attorney who lives alone and prizes her independence above all else. Placed for adoption at birth, Elizabeth never bonded with her adoptive family and apparently never developed a capacity for healthy relationship; she eschews female friendship and seduces men for the control it gives her over them.

Lucy (Kerry Washington) has been trying for four years to conceive a child with her husband, Joseph. When all signs point to her unyielding infertility, she pours her passionate maternal ambition into pursuing adoption.

Mother and Child tells the mostly tragic but sometimes hopeful stories of Karen, Elizabeth, and Lucy, and explores the ways their lives are touched by adoption and motherhood. It is the latest work of writer/director Rodrigo Garcia (son of acclaimed Columbian novelist Gabriel García Márquez), who specializes in making the cinematic equivalents of short story anthologies about the lives of tragic women.

In his previous films (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her, Ten Tiny Loves Stories, Nine Lives) Garcia tackled multiple storylines and only rarely allowed them to intertwine. In Mother and Child, he focuses chiefly on the lives of three women and draws stronger thematic and circumstantial connections between them, making this film arguably Garcia's most commercially palatable work to date. (Alejandro González Iñárritu—a frequent ...

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Mother and Child
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Mpaa Rating
R (for sexuality, brief nudity, and language)
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Directed By
Rodrigo García
Run Time
2 hours 5 minutes
Cast
Alexandria M. Salling, Connor Kramme, Annette Bening, Eileen Ryan
Theatre Release
July 02, 2010 by Sony Pictures Classics
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