Mother and Child

May 7th 2010
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 125 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Samuel L. Jackson, Brittany Robertson, David Morse, Kerry Washington, Annette Bening, Carla Gallo, Amy Brenneman, Tatyana Ali, Marc Blucas, Jimmy Smits, Cherry Jones, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Elpidia Carrillo, Eileen Ryan, David Ramsey, Ahmed Best, LaTanya Richardson, Shareeka Epps, Gloria Garayua, Vincent De Paul, Lawrence Pressman, Maxine Hayden, Simone Lopez, Sean Scarborough, Alexandria M. Salling, Connor Kramme, Juliette Amara, Brenda Ball
  • Director: Rodrigo Garcia
  • Writer: Rodrigo Garcia
  • Producers: Lisa Maria Falcone, Julie Lynn
  • Co Producer: Jonathan McCoy
  • Associate Producers: Karen Graci, Tom Heller
  • Executive Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro
  • Casting: Heidi Levitt
  • Costume Design: Susie DeSanto
  • D.O.P.: Xavier Pérez Grobet
  • Editor: Steven Weisberg
  • Makeup: Sian Richards
  • Music: Ed Shearmur
  • Production Design: Christopher Tandon
  • Set Decoration: Lisa Fischer


A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexuality, brief nudity and language
  • Production Budget: $7 million
  • Production Companies: Everest Entertainment, Cha Cha Cha, Mockingbird Pictures
  • Production Schedule: February 2009 - April 2009

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- Robin Wright Penn was originally cast in Naomi Watts' role

- Despite playing mother and daughter, in reality Annette Bening is only a decade older than Naomi Watts.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not falling into cliche and melodrama like so many female-geared ensemble dramas do. If it lives up to that buzz, or at least the quality of Garcia's skill on his previous films and work on shows like "Carnivale" and "Six Feet Under", it could make a lot of Top Ten lists next year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 February 2010: Belgium
  • 15 July 2010: Netherlands