Mother and Child (2009 film)

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Mother and Child
Mother and child poster.jpg
Australian theatrical poster
Directed by Rodrigo García
Produced by Lisa Maria Falcone
Julie Lynn
Written by Rodrigo García
Starring Naomi Watts
Annette Bening
Kerry Washington
Jimmy Smits
Samuel L. Jackson
David Morse
David Ramsey
Music by Ed Shearmur
Cinematography Xavier Pérez Grobet
Edited by Steven Weisberg
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14) (TIFF)
  • May 7, 2010 (2010-05-07)
Running time
125 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $4 million

Mother and Child is an American drama film directed and written by Rodrigo García. It premiered on September 14, 2009, at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival[1] and at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010,[2] and was the closing night selection within Maryland Film Festival 2010. It was given a limited release in the United States beginning May 7, 2010.[3]


When she was 14, Karen (Annette Bening) became pregnant and gave her daughter up for adoption. The decision to give up her child has always haunted her. Upon meeting laid-back Paco (Jimmy Smits), Karen permits her anxiety and mistrust to get the best of her. She gradually calms her anxiety through the relationship with Paco.

Karen's daughter, Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), grows up to be solitary, willful, and hardhearted. She is hired as an attorney at a prestigious law firm headed by Paul (Samuel L. Jackson). They have an affair, and she becomes pregnant. She quits without informing Paul of her condition, and moves to a new apartment and a new job. She deposits a letter for her biological mother in the organization that arranged the adoption.

Lucy (Kerry Washington) is a baker who longs to be a mother but cannot have children of her own. She and her husband, Joseph (David Ramsey), contact the same adoption agency and meet with a prospective mother. After a protracted interview period, the mother agrees to give the couple her baby, but changes her mind after giving birth. Lucy is devastated.

Elizabeth dies while giving birth to her child. Since no one steps forward to claim the baby, Lucy adopts her. One year later, Karen finds out about Elizabeth's death and letter, which informs her that she has a granddaughter named Ella. She meets the little girl and Lucy, who live in her neighborhood.



Originally going to be produced by Cha Cha Cha Films, Focus Films and Universal Studios; Julie Lynn through Mockingbird Films took over in late 2008 with a production budget of $7 million.[4] Principal photography began in January 2009.[5]


The movie has been met with generally positive reviews, with critics praising the stand out performance of Annette Bening, and garnering an 79% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a weighted average score of 64 at Metacritic.[6][7]

The movie was awarded by the Grand Prix du Jury 2010 at the Deauville American Film Festival (France)


  1. ^ McCarthy, Todd (September 16, 2009). "Mother and Child: TIFF Review". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rich, Katey (January 28, 2010). "Sundance Review: Mother And Child". Cinema Blend LLC. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mother and Child Release". CraveOnline. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (November 5, 2008). "Bening, Watts star in 'Mother'". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson Joins Mother and Child". CraveOnline. January 30, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mother and Child Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mother and Child Reviews at". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

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