Indie Gems: Child's Pose

Ma! You're smothering me!

That's how this film would probably start if it were set in the Bronx, but fortunately us, this one is set in Bucharest, Romania. Corneila (Luminita Gheorghiu) is bitter over the fact that she can no longer control her adult son's (Bogdan Dumitrache) life. When he gets into a car accident that results in the death of a 14 year old boy, she sees an opportunity to assert herself in his life once again.

Fisti over at A Fistful of Films reviewed this film and brought up a great point about Munchausen by Proxy, which I couldn't be on board with more now that I've seen this. The relationship between Corneila and Barbu is fascinating and really makes you wonder what she was like when he was a child. You get a good idea of it. Child's Pose reminds me how much you can appreciate a film that is really just characters having conversations with one another. Not a lot of action, or physical things to drive the plot foward. Just well written dialogue and brilliant acting. Luminita, she was wonderful. She reminds me a bit of Jacki Weaver in a way. She was intense, and even though I hated her character, I loved every second of watching her.

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "You have another child. I only have him" - Corneila ( Luminita Gheorghiu)

12 comments:

  1. So glad you liked this! Thanks for the shout out too. I'm glad my review helped you decide to see this, and that it made sense. Couldn't agree more on Luminita. She was brilliant.

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  2. I've never heard of this film before, but it sounds great! I might have to watch it!

    That fake quote you made up at the top makes me wish it did take places in the Bronx... Staring Edie Falco! I love it.

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    1. lol. Edie Falco would do a great job in this type of role too.

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  3. I need to watch this, sounds so good!

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    1. It's on Netflix Instant if Portugal gets it!

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  4. I LOVE movies that are just people having conversations with each other! And don't ask me why, but films about dysfunctional families are right up my alley. I'll add this to my list.

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    1. Watch Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage. It's practically a five hour conversation between a husband and wife that spans the end of their marriage, their divorce and their relationship afterwards. Brilliant, never boring, and never leaves singular spaces. They just talk...but it makes such an impact.

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    2. Thanks! I'm adding it to my list as we speak. :)

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    3. Irene, I love movies like that too. Netflix actually created a list for me called "Dysfunctional Family Dramas" with a bunch of suggestions, so apparently I'm pretty obvious about it too.

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  5. Ugh. I really need to watch this!

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