The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. Savagely witty and utterly engrossing, Child’s Pose is also the Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 02.20.2014
If Child's Pose fails to live up to its indie-intellectual veneer, it earns its keep through Gheorgiu, whose Cornelia is a triumph of subtle performance over crude conception.Ella Taylor, NPR, 02.21.2014
Netzer crafts not only a chilling story of family dysfunction, but also an illuminating look into the corruption and decay of the Romanian bourgeoisie - without ever overplaying his hand. It all appears so effortless, when in fact it's so skillful.David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 03.20.2014
Of all the great monster mothers in cinema history, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu, who sets the standard that other performances should be judged by this year) ranks high on the list.Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 03.06.2014