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Child's Pose

Does maternal love have its limits?
After the terrible news of a fatal car accident involving her son, a desperate mother will do anything in her power to set her child free.
One cold evening in March, Barbu is tearing down the streets 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit when he knocks down a child. The boy dies shortly after the accident. A prison sentence of between three and fifteen years awaits. High time for his mother, Cornelia, to intervene. A trained architect and member of Romania’s upper class, who graces her bookshelves with unread Herta Müller novels and is fond of flashing her purse full of credit cards, she commences her campaign to save her lethargic, languishing son. Bribes, she hopes, will persuade the witnesses to give false statements. Even the parents of the dead child might be appeased by some cash.
Original title
Pozitia copilului
English title
Child's Pose
Year
2012
Country
Language
RO
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
107 min
Genre
Age rating
15

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Berlinale

Awards

Berlinale IFF
Golden Berlin Bear
2013
Romanian Film Awards (Gopo)
Best Feature Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress In A Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Sound
2014
European Film Awards
Nominee | European Actress
2013

Media reception

Guardian
"Challenging and intelligent family drama explores the dark side of bureaucracy and corruption.“
The New York Times
"A drama with a story as cold, merciless and inevitable as a tomb ...“

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