Trailer for Child's Pose.

60-year-old Cornelia (the phenomenal Luminita Gheorghiu) leads a life of privilege, social power and abundant material wealth in contemporary Bucharest, but life is not perfect. More than anything in the world, she longs for her 34 year-old son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) to reciprocate her unreserved affections. But the pair barely speak, something the domineering Cornelia blames on Barbu's live-in girlfriend, who has a child from a previous relationship.

The balance of power irrevocably shifts one cold evening when Barbu is involved in a tragic car accident and runs down a child on a highway, and Cornelia is thrust back into his life. Seeing her chance to regain control, she commences a frighteningly well-orchestrated campaign to save her son from prison. But the germaphobic, foul-mouthed Barbu, boiling with anger yet hopelessly emasculated and infantilized, refuses to play along...

Propelled by Gheorghui's towering, tour-de-force performance and a razor-sharp attention to class and generational resentments, Netzer's engrossing film lays bare the moral bankruptcy of upper-class Romanian society and its institutions in expert fashion. Disquieting but also compassionate, this examination of guilt and the crippling effects of loss makes for a fascinating, unforgettable cinema experience.

Child's Pose became a national talking point upon release in Romania earlier this year, breaking 20 year-old box office records.

Duration
1 min 55 sec

Views
31,381

Posted On
April 22, 2013
Director
Calin Peter Netzer

Writer
Razvan Radulescu

Studio
Independent

Release
March 8, 2013
Cast
Luminita Gheorghiu
Bogdan Dumitrache
Natasa Raab
Florin Zamfirescu
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