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  • Summary: When her son is implicated in a hit and run accident, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu) does everything she can to keep him out of jail.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 21, 2014
    100
    A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 21, 2014
    88
    It's an extremely strong and upsetting film, yet another example of the fascinating things going on in Romania's new wave, with a breathtaking lead performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as Cornelia.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 13, 2014
    88
    A compelling, complex, confounding film.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 3, 2013
    80
    Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is a gripping new drama from Romania and another demonstration of how that country's new wave is developing a distinctive kind of real-time slice-of-life cinema with characterisation in extreme, pitiless closeup.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    With Child's Pose, the Romanian tide enters its Cassavetes phase, where the thin ice of haute bourgeoisie life cracks and opens wide.
  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    The last quarter of Child's Pose is so remarkably strong that it makes a sometimes grim journey worth sticking with to its destination.
  7. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Child’s Pose plays its thematic cards far too early, but it’s sustained by Gheorghiu’s compelling central turn as the endlessly self-deluding grande dame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 12, 2014
    8
    It's an emotionally complex and mature film, that's for certain. The film juggles thorny themes relating to death, guilt, responsibility, andIt's an emotionally complex and mature film, that's for certain. The film juggles thorny themes relating to death, guilt, responsibility, and desperation all while presenting it's characters, particularly the mother, as multi-dimensional people, at times behaving exceptionally selfish or cowardly in lieu of imposing moral circumstances that demand, rather, sacrifice and humility. These aren't necessarily bad people, though. They are exceptionally damaged individuals, mostly because of their relationships with each other. They behave in ways that are self-serving. The mother smothers her son and overlooks what is right in order to keep him in her life at any cost. The son behaves callously toward her attempts at connection and fails to confront his guilt or even acknowledge it, in spite of the horrid repercussions his behavior has on everyone involved. The climax is particularly emotionally scathing. The mother ceases to be a cold, in-control figure and completely disintegrates into desperation, a scene that reveals an unexpected vulnerability to her that is surprising when juxtaposed with the confidence she displays throughout the majority of the first hour. Child's Pose takes scenes of moral conflict like these and milks every bit of misanthropic commentary it can indirectly from the behavior of these characters, who are far from handling their situation gracefully. There is a revelation unearthed by the father of the dead child near the end of the film that strikes a deep chord. He acknowledges that it is both his fault as well as the man-child who killed his son and he is willing to rot in prison for his life in order to achieve 'a kind of justice'. Sobering stuff. From everyone involved, great performances grace the screen, particularly the mother, as we can all agree. Sometimes the abrasive, uncomfortable tone can be a bit overbearing, creating a dislikability that overwhelms the attempt at empathy Child's Pose strives for simultaneously. The emotional climax is undermined a bit, though the performances run full-steam-ahead sob-territory, because of the fact that we aren't necessarily in the corner of the mother and her son; in spite of the fact that we understand their motivations, we can't quite warm up to either due to some blatantly protruding character flaws. But when this film works in spite of it's heavier than necessary tone and likability issue, it is a rousing experience, and it stands as one of the most morally challenging films to come out this year. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    7
    It is a story of a tyrannical, overbearing mother Cornelia whose nickname is Controllia.
    Her only son, while driving recklessly on a highway,
    It is a story of a tyrannical, overbearing mother Cornelia whose nickname is Controllia.
    Her only son, while driving recklessly on a highway, accidentally kills a teenager.
    Cornelia, not doubting that her son is guilty, uses her connections to meddle with police investigation to avoid her son's prosecution.
    Her motherly love turned her only son into a distorted, spoiled wreck of a human being who desperately tries to get out of his mother's iron grip.

    The movie is filmed with a hand-help camera which I found extremely annoying combined with necessity to read subtitles.

    The authors of this movie allow us a glimpse into the modern corrupt Romania, skewed morality of it's upper class. This film is definitely worth seeing.
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