Child's pose

Child's pose

DVD - 2014 | Romanian
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A well-to-do Bucharest architect is determined to keep her 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.
Publisher: [United States] :, Zeitgeist Films,, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen (2.35:1) version.
Copyright Date: ©2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (112 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD, region 1, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
2.35:1 widescreen, rda
digital, video, stereo, surround, 5.1 sound, rda

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ms_mustard
Feb 23, 2017

Mommy uses all her connections and powers to prevent her adult son from taking responsibility for his actions, saving him from prison while manipulating the family that has suffered his injury.

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LittleNoName
Mar 22, 2016

I couldn't finish watching it because it was making me angry that she expected to get whatever she wanted...which Im assuming was her son to be free & found innocent of all charges.Makes me ill to know there are people out there that think like her.
Just really hit home for me I guess. The haves & have-nots situation. Maybe I will try it again sometime when Im feeling less vulnerable.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2015

Filmed without a musical score and using mainly handheld cameras, Netzer’s bitter pill of a movie works on more than one level—it’s no accident that Cornelia’s privileged urban lifestyle contrasts so sharply with the impoverished rural reality of the victim’s relatives (she drives up to the police station decked out in furs while the boy’s enraged uncle sports a worn cloth coat) or that the only witness to what really happened comes with a convenient price tag. Furthermore, Cornelia’s inability to cope when confronted with someone else's grief speaks not only of her own personal disconnect but of a greater social malaise. A sad and unrelenting tale which slowly builds to its shattering climax. This is what the art of cinema is all about.

bgv69 Oct 01, 2015

This is an sweetened impression of the Romanian society and most of the western viewers have the impression it might be "an event". Most of the time is the NORM, people getting away breaking the law just because they have the connections. Media is one of the factors when sometimes justice is reached.

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elpostino
Sep 12, 2015

Honestly speaking, I picked up this DVD based on my impression of another Romanian masterpiece (4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days). The movie is good and worth to be seen, yet it is a bit predictable. It relies heavily on spoken words to reflect emotions and relationships, instead of subtle cinematic tools.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 10, 2015

When the film first started the use of a hand-held camera and the very talky scenes were about to turn me off. I persisted and wound up watching a very good drama with strong acting and character development. A glimpse into the upper-middle class of modern day Romania is also a bonus for me. Subtitles.

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Janice21383
Oct 21, 2014

As usual in this type of film, everything is mommy's fault, even when her son turns out a whiny putz. I had to watch this film with the sound off, for reasons I won't bore you with. It may have enhanced my experience -- and this despite the heroine being a designer of opera sets. It made me concentrate on how flickering shades of expression contradict words, and look for a deeper meaning. Luminita Georghui is the magnificent but slightly tacky mamma grizzly.

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runwayman
Sep 03, 2014

Loved this film. Often raw, this intense film grabs you from the start and doesn't let you go.

voisjoe1 Aug 28, 2014

Luminita Georghui won the Berlin Golden Bear for best actress for her very fine performance of a mother who learns that her college-age son has accidentally killed a child while perhaps driving recklessly in passing another vehicle. Acting is pretending to be what you are not and in this role, Luminita tries every trick in the book to manipulate government operators into shaving down the criminality of her son’s traffic accident. In the beginning of the film, we quickly recognize her ability to manipulate, but then the line between manipulation and true feelings becomes blurred. Only a great actress could pull this act off. This is one of the best films of the year. Romania’s film industry, now free of the Soviet Union, is beginning to reach the top in some of its films.

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jimg2000
Aug 03, 2014

It was a nightmare when a mother got a late night phone call that her only son was in a fatal car accident. What immediately followed were gripping family drama as the mother campaigned inside her upper class circle to influence the police accident report and tampering with witness. It was a super study of an overbearing mother and her ill adjusted son in the event of a school boy's tragic death against the backdrop of Romania's social stigma.

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jimg2000
Aug 03, 2014

The accident:

Mother of man: Your child wasn't meant to die, and my child didn't mean to do harm.
Mother of boy: lf only he were to come in through that door now, l'd ask him, my boy, what were you thinking, crossing the freeway? At least if the driver hadn't been that fast,it wouldn't have happened. Or if he'd driven faster, they wouldn't have collided.
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Mother of man: He didn't mean it. Forgive him. He's gota good heart, my child. He's warm-hearted. He's generous. He never liked to boast, he didn't brag about his things. Very shy. He didn't join gangs. He doesn't drink. We're so proud of him! He's my whole life. ... You have another child, but l only have him ...

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