Cornelia, an older woman, lives in a state of constant agitation due to her son marrying a woman to which she doesn’t approve. Cornelia is incredibly controlling, with much of her angst towards her daughter-in-law being a bi-product of her need to feel in control. When Cornelia’s son, Barbu, is involved in a car accident that leaves a young child dead, Cornelia will stop at nothing to make sure her son is not convicted of any crimes, regardless of whether he is responsible or not. Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose is a film dealing with the power of maternal instinct, capturing the power of forgiveness, love and loss. At the heart of this film is Cornelia, a somewhat tragic character, someone who has nothing else to hold onto outside of her love for her son. She spends much of the film doing everything in her power to save her son from significant prison time, never accepting the fact that her son could be in the wrong. Cornelia is a character that want’s to force her love and protection onto her son, not realizing that this is something that must come naturally. The dynamic between mother and son is genuine and complex, with Barbu sick of his mother’s constant meddling. Through her meddling Barbu has become a man who feels irresponsible, tired of his mother constantly using her financial status and stature in the community to influence anything and everything. The final sequence of Child’s Pose perfectly envelopes the film, with Cornelia finally grasping that she isn’t the only one who cares deeply for her offspring. She comes face-to-face with the parents of the deceased child and for the first time puts herself in someone else’s shoes, fully understanding the pain and misery they are going through. Aesthetically Child’s Pose is solid albeit unspectacular, using a lot of handheld photography which attempts to capture the raw nature of this story. I wouldn’t say it’s a complete waste but the handheld feels largely unmotivated even becoming distracting at times. Throughout most of the film’s running time I was largely unaffected from an emotional standpoint but the finale of Child’s Pose perfectly wraps up the film, with our main protagonist finally realizing the one-sided nature of her viewpoint.
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