I normally loathe movies with an adoption theme. At their best, I tolerate them. (Remember how I was able to find good things to say about Juno? That doesn’t mean it’s my favorite movie or a good portrayal of adoption. It just means I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal.) At their worst, I rant about them for weeks to my poor, poor husband. When I hear of a movie that has something to do with adoption, I normally tune out. I think about rainbows and butterflies and what to make for dinner. Not so with a new movie entitled Mother and Child.
What has left me interested and lacking my usual cringe-and-ignore position? This review. I read it and got chills. The opening of the movie and explanation of following scenes left me hungering for more.
The film opens simply with two 14-year-olds making out. The resulting unplanned pregnancy leads to a birth and a brief, poignant glance at the infant by her mother before it is whisked away for immediate adoption.
I’d say something negative about the story depicting two fourteen year olds (when we know that the average age of a mother who chooses to place her child for adoption is in hear early twenties) but it becomes painfully evident that this was not a matter of choice. This was a matter of a mother making a decision for her young child. The movie continues, thirty-seven years later as we “witness the powerful, painful effect this separation has had on the two women.”
Did someone just acknowledge that adoption had a powerful, painful effect on both the birth mother and the adoptee? Can I pre-order tickets now? That’s not enough to sell you? How about this cast?
Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Cherry Jones
Sold now? Me too.
There is, however, another storyline mixed in with a woman who is seeking to adopt a child. I can only hope that this movie gets that right as well. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. It was just released at the Toronto Film Festival. I cannot, as of yet, find information as to when a wide scale release will happen. I do hope that it is sometime soon and not just in “limited theaters.” This is one movie I will actually pay to see in the theater. That doesn’t happen too often.
Hopefully I’m not let down!