Cornelia, an elegant and well-connected woman at the pinnacle of society, hides a dark secret. She has an estranged son, Barbu, who seems determined to keep his life as private as possible. Far from the prying eyes of his aristocratic mother, he resists all her attempts to re-establish the bond between them. When her son is found at the wheel of a car involved in a fatal collision, Cornelia's character and public image are cast into doubt as her strong maternal instinct turns into something much darker in her ruthless pursuit to protect her son.
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, Child's Pose [Pozitia copilului] is a touching film about how we can suffocate our children with maternal love, and on the marks that parents leave on their offspring's personalities. Written and directed by Calin Peter Netzer (Medal of Honour), the film is also a portrayal of contemporary high-class Romania, and the low-level corruption and trading of influence within the core social institutions. The film stars Luminita Gheorghiu (The Death of Mr Lazarescu), Bogdan Dumitrache (Traffic), Ilinca Goia (The Death Triangle) and Nataşa Raab (Amen).
Patrick Gamble reporting from the London Film Festival for CineVue called it "a deeply compassionate film about the emotionally crippling effects of loss – and an enlightening examination of contemporary Romanian society," while praise for Luminita Gheorghiu's performance has been widespread and enthusiastic.
Child's Pose will be released on UK DVD and download on 16th Decemmber 2013 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD.
No details of extra features have been confirmed.