Saturday Night Open Thread
"Child's Pose" has won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Calin Peter Netzer's film is a tale of corruption and guilt in modern Romania. It follows a rich and controlling mother, played by Luminita Gheorghiu, as she bribes witnesses into giving false statements to save her son from jail after he accidentally runs down and kills a boy.
The film sounds like it's more about the unhealthy relationship between the mother and son than about the legal case or corruption. [More...]
From BetaCinema, the film's distributor:
Cornelia is 60 and fundamentally unhappy: her son, Barbu, 34, fights with all his might to become independent. He has moved out, has his own car, has a girlfriend who obviously doesn't meet Cornelia's standards and – most upsettingly – he avoids his loving mother as much as possible. When Cornelia finds out that Barbu was involved in a tragic accident, her motherly instincts take over and she uses all her skills, well-connected friends and money to save Barbu from jail. Then she expects him to once again become the dependent child he was before. This doesn't seem to be a very difficult task, given the state of shock Barbu is in. But it is a thin line between motherly love and self-serving manipulation. Will she be able to let go and unlock him from his child's pose...?
Sounds a little like Mommie Dearest. Speaking of foreign film/video, Netflix has Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, a new series from Sweden. I've only seen the first two hour episdode so far, but I liked it.
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