Child's Pose

by Calin Peter Netzer

GOLDEN BEAR Winner Berlin Film Festival - Official Romanian ACADEMY AWARD entry Well-to-do, well-connected Bucharest society lady Cornelia takes the driver's seat when her 34-year-old son gets involved in a deadly accident. Through her stifling love, she's kept the hard realities of life away from him, up to now…

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...?

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / Romanian / 112 minutes
Original title
Child's Pose
directed by
Calin Peter Netzer (CHILD'S POSE)
produced by
Parada Film in co-production with Hai-Hui Entertainment
  • Luminita Gheorghiu (CHILD'S POSE)
  • Bogdan Dumitrache
  • Natasa Raab
  • Ilinca Goia
  • Florin Zamfirescu
  • Vlad Ivanov

Press Quotes

“Luminita Gheorghiu gives a tour-de-force performance in this razor-sharp, multi-layered dissection of monstrous motherly love”.

“Admirably handled, with wicked moments of humor balancing out a truly dramatic finale”.

“A deeply compassionate film about the emotionally crippling effects of loss - and an enlightening examination of contemporary Romanian society.”