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Completed - ROMANIAN - Drama - 112 minutes

Log Line

Well-to-do, well-connected Bucharest society lady Cornelia switches into overdrive when her 34-year-old son kills a child in a car accident. Through her smothering love and attentions, she’s kept the hard realities of life away from him up to now. But for how much longer?

Previous markets

  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Premiere)
  • FILMART 2013 (Screening)
  • Cannes 2013 (Screening)
  • Toronto 2013 (Screening)
Full history

Year of production : 2013

Director(s) : Calin Peter NETZER
Writer(s) : Razvan RADULESCU, Calin Peter NETZER
Cast : Luminita GHEORGHIU, Bogdan DUMITRACHE, Florin ZAMFIRESCU, Natasa RAAB, Ilinca GOIA

Producer(s) : Calin Peter NETZER (Parada Film), Ada SOLOMON (Parada Film)


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...?
Child’s Pose presents in a thrilling, emotional, yet humorous way, the relationship between a dominant mother and her grown-up son. Child’s Pose is a touching film about our looking after our children while suffocating them with love and on the marks that parents leave on their children’s personalities. On a different layer, it is also a portrayal of contemporary high-class Romania, the low-level corruption and trading of influence in the midst of the core social institutions.


Country(ies) : ROMANIA

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Festivals and Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2013 - Competition (Golden Bear for the Best Film)
Toronto - TIFF 2013 Contemporary World Cinema

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