Romanian – 112 min – Drama
Child’s Pose won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, was Romania’s official submission for the Academy Awards, and had eight wins, including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, at the Romanian Oscars (called the Gopos Awards). Writer/Director Calin Peter Netzer (2003’s Maria) created this film as a tour de force for lead actress Luminita Gheorghiu.
Seeing a way to reassert control over her adult son’s life when he faces manslaughter charges, an affluent Romanian woman sets out on a campaign of emotional and social manipulation to keep him out of prison, navigating the waters of power, corruption and influence. Child’s Pose is based on the sense of loss of parents who have to send their children away-physically and psychologically. The parent-child relationship is re-assessed through a son in his 30s that wants to escape from his mother, who in turn wants to keep her adult son by her side.