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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 217550889
UPC: 043396355880
UPC 14: 00043396355880
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Unbreakable Bond Between Mother And Child.
From writer-director Rodrigo Garcia (TV'S "Big Love", "Nine Lives") and executive producer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") comes the moving story of three women and the power of the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Three women's lives share a common core: the have all been profoundly affected by adoption. Karen (Annette Bening) placed a baby for adoption at age 14 and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. Lucy (Kerry Washington) and her husband are just embarking on the adoption odyssey, hoping for the opportunity to become parents.

"...Powerful melodrama marked by compassion...  Geoff Berkshire, Chicago Tribune
"...Satisfying example of this storytelling style...  Michael Phillips, Los Angeles Times
" emotional powerhouse...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Writer/director Rodrigo García (NINE LIVES) teams with executive producer Alejandro González Iñárritu to craft this drama highlighting the powerful bond between a mother and her son. It's been years since Karen (Annette Bening) gave her daughter, Elizabeth, up for adoption, and the decision to abandon 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. On the surface it appears that Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is none the worse for never knowing her biological mother; she's a fast-talking lawyer who's just landed a high-profile job at a firm fronted by Paul (Samuel L. Jackson), though her unsavory penchant for exploiting others is about to blow up in her face. Meanwhile, maternal-minded baker Lucy (Kerry Washington) longs to experience the joys of motherhood, eventually deciding that adoption is the best bet to start a family with her husband, Joseph (David Ramsey).


Video Features Rated R, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/3/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 127 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00043396355880
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Samuel L. Jackson
Video Cast Info Kerry Washington
Video Cast Info Jimmy Smits
Video Cast Info Naomi Watts
Video Cast Info Annette Bening
Video Cast Info Elpidia Carrillo - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eugene Collier - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lisa Gay Hamilton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Amy Brenneman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tatyana Ali - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Carla Gallo - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David Ramsey - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Ahmed Best - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Marc Blucas - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Shareeka Epps - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gloria Garayua - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Veronica Welch - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kay D'Arcy - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Brittany Robertson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Dawn Deibert - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alexandria Salling - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Connor Kramme - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Bradford Alex - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Simone Lopez - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Michael Warren - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Scarborough - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Brenda Ball - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gabrielle Abitol - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Karen Graci - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Evette Cord - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Juliette Amara - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Susan Nimoy - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Cherry Jones - Co-Star
Video Cast Info S. Epatha Merkerson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info David Morse - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Peña - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Lawrence Pressman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info LaTanya Richardson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Eileen Ryan - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rodrigo García - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Andy Nelson - Sound
Video Cast Info Xavier Perez Grobet - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Edward Shearmur - Composer
Video Cast Info Peter J. Devlin - Sound
Video Cast Info Barklie K. Griggs - Music Director
Video Cast Info Kurt Bryant - Stunt Coordinator
Video Cast Info Jonathan McCoy - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info John McKeown - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Rodrigo García - Director


Independent Spirit (2011)
   Video Award Name Naomi Watts, Nominee, Best Supporting Female
   Video Award Name Samuel L. Jackson, Nominee, Best Supporting Male

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- ?Dynamite performances from Annette Bening and Naomi Watts ignite this strong drama from writer-director Rodrigo Garcia.? 05/13/2010

New York Times
"[D]ense and thoughtful....A more precise title might have been MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, since continuities and complexities in the lives and relationships of women are what most interest Mr. Garcia." 05/07/2010

Los Angeles Times
"Garcia's calm, steady guidance behind the camera, along with his nicely finessed faith in a very good cast, makes MOTHER AND CHILD a fuller and more satisfying example of this storytelling style..." 05/07/2010

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "[S]uperb performances add to the story's power....The story is best when focused on the threads linking the intricate tapestry of mothers and daughters." 05/07/2010

A.V. Club
"Each in their own way, they're women on the run in a film whose focus -- slowly and movingly -- shifts to capturing the cost of running too far too long." -- Grade: B 05/06/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The film is founded on three performances by Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts. All have rarely been better." 05/19/2010

"With MOTHER AND CHILD, Rodrigo Garcia poses a number of intriguing questions about the nature of maternity....While all of these women are types, the actresses dignify them with the emotional force of their performances." 05/05/2010

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "The four main actors are all on fine form, with Bening particularly strong as the permanently crabby singleton and Watts thoroughly convincing as a sexually promiscuous vixen." 02/01/2012

0 of 10
Mother and Child is a potent, poignant and beautifully calibrated film about the always timely issue of adoption and its effect on three strangers in Los Angeles, whose lives connect in haunting and unpredictable ways. The adoption theme would seem like no big deal if the three women were happy and securely established in their homes and careers. But all three are tortured victims of frustration, their lives spun out with rising and falling dramatic impact, variations on a single theme. The result is heartfelt and mesmerizing...this is one film about adoption you can cherish in different musical keys. Some cynics will label it schematic, others might dismiss it as a "woman's picture." Ignore them all. Mother and Child is a flawless film of heartrending realism about the eternal chord that binds parents and children and the emptiness when they are separated. Everything about it adds up to a consummate revelation that left me enriched and feeling hopeful about the artistry of motion pictures. - Rex Reed

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