Thursday, May 6, 2010

#61...I really2 want to watch this!!!!

Many thing had happen today, From stupid to headache issue...much heartless Thursday i think.
Let's put that aside and i want to share about this movie, Yes, many other movie like Ironman 2, The Loser, Toystory, IpMan2 and others are showing right now,however this really caught my attention, Mother and Child. Yesterday i watched the video and a while ago i read the synopsis and the review of this movie. Cut the story short, its a MUST see Movie. Weird is i really wanted to watch it today...but dont know yet.

The Synopsis of this Movie **

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.
Written by Sony Pictures Classics

The Review of this movie **

‘Mother and Child’: You can’t beat the bond'

Schematic though it may be, “Mother and Child” packs a punch, though a graceful one, to be sure. It unwraps its surprises in ways that pay off as the movie goes on.

The subject is adoption, as it has touched three different lives. One is Karen (Annette Bening), a physical therapist who is middle-aged and single and still lives with her ailing mother. She’s a prickly, defensive woman who, we discover, still suffers regrets from the decision – made by her mother – to give up the baby Karen had as a 15-year-old and move on with her life.

The second is Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), an ice-veined and ambitious attorney who has no strong family ties to speak of. She is a self-sufficient single who was given up for adoption as a baby and reared by adoptive parents. But she is a lone wolf, wary of emotional entanglements.

The third is Lucy (Kerry Washington), who learns that, though they desperately want children, she and her husband are unable to conceive. So they find a pregnant teen and convince her that they are the perfect couple to raise the baby she’s not prepared to parent. But Lucy discovers that her husband has stronger feelings about the topic of adoption than he was willing to admit.

Each of these three characters slips in and out of the alternating roles of mother and child, to each other and in their daily lives. Though the plotline pulls the three central characters together in a not-wholly-unexpected way, Garcia keeps his film fluid without tipping his hand about twists.

Each of the women feels incomplete in ways she can’t explain, perhaps even to herself. There is a connection that has been broken, one that no other tie can replace. They struggle well into their adult lives before they’re able to take steps toward reconnection.

Bening plays Karen with a mixture of sadness and high-strung anger. She finds that flinchy quality of someone used to being the brunt of unkind remarks, who can’t quite find a personal rhythm to deal with positive attention when it comes

Watts is her opposite: flinty and flirty and very me-first. There’s a hunger to Watts’ performance, though it may also be the need to devour before being devoured. Washington, by contrast, is the caring, thoughtful young woman who longs desperately to nurture another human being by being a mother. The male roles are smaller but meaningful, including Samuel L. Jackson in an unexpected turn as Elizabeth’s easily enticed boss and Jimmy Smits, as a colleague of Karen who eventually finds a way to breach her significant defenses.

Motherhood is as powerful a force as any other human imperative, something Garcia gets at without ever stating it explicitly. “Mother and Child” explores that eternal bond with a sense of drama that is touching and affecting.

P/s : I just cant wait to watch it.


Anonymous said...

This does sound like a great movie- I love films that are a little strange and indie especially!

Azizah Abd Jamal said...

Hai Deanna,

I did watched the movie,
Recommended movie to watched :))

Do add me as well.