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MOTHER AND CHILD

 
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At Theaters: 5/7/2010 On Video: 12/14/2010
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 6 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 559905
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Three women's lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. KAREN placed a baby for adoption at age 14 and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. ELIZABETH grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. LUCY is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, hoping for the opportunity to become parents.
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Drama - This is a drama about motherhood aimed at female moviegoers. Fans of the lead three actresses, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, and Kerry Washington, will find plenty to savor here, not to mention Samuel L. Jackson fans will enjoy his very change of pace role here. Language, sexual content, and adult subject matter make the film inappropriate for children.
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Naomi Watts THE INTERNATIONAL, FUNNY GAMES, EASTERN PROMISES
Annette Bening THE WOMEN, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, OPEN RANGE
Kerry Washington LAKEVIEW TERRACE
Samuel L. Jackson IRON MAN 2, THE SPIRIT, SOUL MEN, LAKEVIEW TERRACE
Jimmy Smits PRICE OF GLORY
S. Epatha Merkerson RADIO
Cherry Jones SIGNS
Director: Rodrigo Garcia PASSENGERS
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Director's Statement
Q & A with Rodrigo Garcia (Writer/Director)
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PROFANITY: 7 F-words, 2 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; some non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Occasional comic lines.
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Karen lives with her elderly mother NORA (Eileen Ryan), works as a physical therapist in a rehabilitation clinic, and relies on SOFIA (Elpidia Carrillo) to look after Nora and their home while she is working. While Karen and Nora barely speak, Karen keeps up a silent monologue addressed to her absent daughter, writing journal entries and letters never to be sent. Her mother had made her give her baby up when she was 14.

Elizabeth has been newly hired at a tony law firm presided over by PAUL (Samuel L. Jackson). Paul is a big-hearted family man with an expansive view of life, while Elizabeth is emotionally chilly; she describes herself as remote from her adopted family, with no close attachments.

Lucy and her husband JOSEPH (David Ramsey), disappointed that they can't conceive, turn to SISTER JOANNE (Cherry Jones) at a private Catholic adoption agency. There they meet RAY (Shareeka Epps), a young pregnant woman who is interviewing potential parents for her unborn child.

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