Mother and Child

Synopsis: Almost forty years ago, a young girl of fourteen has sex, gets pregnant, and gives her baby up for adoption. Fast-forwarding to the present day, we meet three very different women, each of whom struggles to maintain control of their lives. There's Elizabeth, a smart and successful lawyer who uses her body to her advantage. Any time she feels that she doesn't have the upper hand, and cannot control the situation, she uses her sex appeal - whether that be starting a romance with her boss when she suspects he is trying to start one himself, or finding some way to control her overly friendly neighbor and husband. Karen, meanwhile, is a bitter health care professional who obviously has a lot of heart but never shows it. She gave up a daughter at the age of fourteen (wonderfully shown rather than told, she is the young girl and mother of Elizabeth), and has never gotten over it - her bitterness inspiring her to lash out at everyone around her - even the gentle man at work who is undeniably d
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rodrigo García
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  4 wins & 12 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Metacritic:
64
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
R
Year:
2009
125 min
$1,110,286
Website
59 Views

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(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

(GROANING)

(BABY CRYING)

(GASPS)

Oh.

(BREATHES DEEPLY)

(CLOCK CHIMING)

Her birthday

is coming up.

She'll be 37.

(SIGHS)

I spoke to Bill Colden

about you.

He says you're one of

the best lawyers

he's ever worked with.

And I know Bill.

Praise doesn't

come easy to him.

We had

a good relationship.

He runs that firm well.

Yes, he does.

So, in your estimation,

what are your

professional strengths?

Well, I don't believe

in improvisation.

I prepare

my cases rigorously.

I'm on top of clients.

I handle them well.

I protect them

from themselves.

I prefer to work on

a project by myself,

but I can work

just as well in a team,

if necessary.

I work equally well

with men or women,

but I prefer

to report to a man.

Why's that?

Many women

find me threatening.

Would I be

reporting to you?

Yes.

So, we'd have nothing

to worry about, then.

(CHUCKLING)

Why do you think women

find you threatening?

I'm not in the sisterhood.

I'm my own person.

I saw from this

that you moved to and from

this area several times.

I've gone wherever

I've had to go

to get ahead.

But you always

return here.

This part of the world

is as good as any.

Well, Elizabeth,

your resume

is very impressive.

It's no secret

you'd be a great asset

to us.

I would not

disappoint you.

If you wouldn't mind,

could you give me

some of your

personal background?

I was born here

in Los Angeles.

And I was given up

for adoption

on the day of my birth.

My mother was 14

when she had me.

And that's all I know

about her.

My adoptive father died

when I was 10.

My adoptive mother and I

are not close.

My name,

Elizabeth Joyce,

is one I picked out

for myself

in junior high.

It's my legal name now.

I don't go by any other.

I live alone.

I have

since I turned 17.

I've never

been married,

and I have no plans

to marry.

I value my independence

above all things.

That way I don't have

any expectations to fulfill

other than my own,

which are great enough.

That's all she wrote.

LUCY :
We've been married

for four years.

And we've been trying

from the beginning.

But we just haven't

been able to.

And we've been hoping,

you know, against hope,

as they say.

But that just

isn't going to be.

And we've accepted that.

And we're not bitter.

I mean, I don't think.

Do you think

we're bitter

about it?

No. No, we're not.

(BOTH CHUCKLING)

So, we could be

good parents, you know.

Joseph is

a very tender man.

He's affectionate.

And, we could learn

to love a baby

in a minute,

even if

it wasn't ours.

Would we get to name

the baby ourselves?

It depends on

the circumstances.

Sometimes

the biological parents

and the adoptive parents

agree on a name.

We could agree

to agree.

(CLEARING THROAT)

Well, we're ready now,

to adopt.

I mean,

blood is important,

but it's the time

spent together

that really matters.

Isn't that right?

Oh, my God.

What? What? What?

Why didn't you

shut me up?

It's all right, Lucy,

everyone who goes to

her office is nervous, okay?

Gave that whole speech

about time spent together.

Where the hell did I get that?

Baby, I have no idea.

Why didn't you

open your mouth?

Lucy, don't try...

Why didn't you

say a word?

Sweetie,

she liked you.

(SIGHS)

Do you think?

Yes, I think.

Just relax.

Okay.

How does that feel?

(CHUCKLES)

It feels okay.

Just okay?

It feels good.

Please, God,

let us find a baby.

(SIGHS)

I got you.

Oh.

(LAUGHS)

Good, Louise.

Put your arm on the side.

There you go.

This is our

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