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      Child's Pose

      2013 1 hr. 52 min. Drama List
      92% 84 Reviews Tomatometer 76% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score A wealthy and aging Bucharest matriarch gives out bribes as she tries to buy her son out of a hit-and-run conviction. Read More Read Less

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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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      Goran G I don't know why all movie sites as a synopsis have 'hit-and-run' conviction. It wasn't hit and run, just for the record! However, the mother is absolute hit here, in every sense, as a manipulative character in a brilliant performance by Luminita Gheorghiu. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/08/23 Full Review Nawt W Primarily, this is a movie about class and how everything can be bought and sold through connections, bribes, and favors, just like in any post-communist eastern European country. But on the surface, this is an incredible character study of a controlling mother who can't quite figure out where she went wrong that her son ended up like this, complemented by a lack of music and long periods of poignant silence of contemplation. She clearly loved him very much, but it didn't stop him from turning into a man-child with no aspirations and more insecurities than even his all-seeing mother could perceive. It's all been done wonderfully. Every actor gives it their best. From a subtle entitlement frown to vile disgust to feigned grief. Unfortunately, the hand-held filming doesn't produce vivid images or scenes, and it's just shot/reverse shot through the whole movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/26/22 Full Review dan u This was the first movie that I watched from this director, and I haveto say that I truly enjoyed it. Something that can happen in every country and culture. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I just loved this. What an intimate delivery all around, of a very real family situation. Audience must speculate a bit about the mother/son relationship, but that's part of its uniqueness. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Un guion fantástico, y actuaciones increíbles, la ganadora del Oso de Oro 2013 en Berlín es imperdible. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Parkinson Empire Magazine Another powerfully observed Romanian drama. Rated: 3/5 Oct 1, 2014 Full Review Geoffrey Macnab Independent (UK) Razvan Radulescu's screenplay is rich in irony and reversals, highlighting tensions between generations, and between the wealthy elite and the people whose lives are blighted by the elite's unthinking behaviour and desperation to cling to its status. Rated: 3/5 Oct 1, 2014 Full Review Jake Wilson The Age (Australia) 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. Rated: 3/5 May 19, 2014 Full Review Alexa Dalby Dog and Wolf It's an acting tour de force and she (Gheorghiu) carries the film in a terrifying portrayal of both obsessive mother-love and also the symbolic privilege of her position Rated: 4/5 Jun 7, 2019 Full Review Bernard Boo Way Too Indie Gheorghiu's performance is so complex, so nimble and unpredictable, it's breathtaking. Rated: 7.5/10 Apr 3, 2019 Full Review Daniel Green CineVue 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. Rated: 4/5 Mar 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A wealthy and aging Bucharest matriarch gives out bribes as she tries to buy her son out of a hit-and-run conviction.
      Calin Peter Netzer
      Razvan Radulescu, Calin Peter Netzer
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
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