Mother and Child Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

Summary: Almost forty years ago, a young girl of 14 has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), a smart and successful lawyer who uses her body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss (Samuel L. Jackson) when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband (Carla Gallo and Marc Blucas). Karen (Annette Bening), meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of 14 (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably drawn to her (Jimmy Smits). Finally, Lucy (Kerry Washington) is a woman who has failed to conceive with her husband, so she turns to adoption to make the family she desires.
Runtime: 125 min
Rating: Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language.
Production: Mockingbird Pictures
Genre: Drama
Countries: USA, Spain
Language: English
Home Release Date: Dec 14, 2010
Director Credit
Rodrigo García Director
Writer Credit
Rodrigo García Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Annette Bening Karen
Kerry Washington Lucy
Naomi Watts Elizabeth
Cast Credit
Alexandria M. Salling Karen (Age 14)
Bradford Alex Physical Therapist
Carla Gallo Tracy
Cherry Jones Sister Joanne
Connor Kramme Tom (Age 14)
David Ramsey Joseph
Eileen Ryan Nora
Elpidia Carrillo Sofia
Jimmy Smits Paco
Kay D'Arcy Karen's Hydrotherapy Patient
Samuel L. Jackson Paul
Simone Lopez Cristi
Producer Credit
Alejandro González Iñárritu Executive Producer
Alfonso Cuarón Executive Producer
Guillermo del Toro Executive Producer
Jonathan McCoy Co-Producer
Julie Lynn Producer
Karen Graci Associate Producer
Lisa Maria Falcone Producer
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