A mother is someone who loves you even when she scolds you. What sets the relationship between a mother and child apart is the constant, never ending love that a mother gives. Margaret Culkin Banning once said about a mother, “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. “ You agree. Don’t you?
A few months back I saw this movie,” Mother and Child” on a lazy Sunday when the TV channels had spared us girls from the perennial dose of weekend mindless action flicks. The movie though a bit slow in the start, blew me away as it started weaving up the theme around the 3 central characters.
Karen (Annette Bening) is a nurse who is so uptight and blunt that you start hating her in the first half of the movie. And then director Rodrigo Garcia unfolds all the layers of her personality in a way that your hatred is soaked in her difficult and yet vulnerable character. She has a past of getting pregnant at the age of 14 and giving away her daughter for adoption.
Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is the successful lawyer who uses her sex appeal for things that you kind of understand days after you have watched the movie. Garcia has left it to his viewers to figure out her intent behind most of her actions. She is Karen’s daughter who very much dwarfs men around her with her self control.
Lucy (Kerry Washington) is an Afro American woman who wants to adopt, after unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of her own. Her husband who is too upset at not having a baby of his own blames her for all the misery. Kerry Washington has enacted the frustration of a childless woman so well that you heart would reach out to her.
Three women. And the movie links them beautifully. There is a time when Garcia surprises you with a beautiful turn of events. I do not want to spoil it for you all. You can watch it on TV or download it on Torrentz.
You can watch the movie for the near perfect performance of Annette Bening who displays a character all of us have come across in our lives, at some point or the other. Her inability of not being happy because of her thoughts about her daughter convinces you.
And Elizabeth is another tough nut. In pain, but strong. You would be intrigued by her nonchalance when she sleeps with her boss and he offers her a promotion. She says,” I will get it on my own.”
The movie has something to offer for all you with a taste for serious cinema. And for all of you who want to explore the bond that a mother and a child share, the pain, the agony, the happiness all surrounding motherhood, from a distance.