Child's Pose (Pozitia copilului) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Child's Pose (Pozitia copilului)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A mother's love.

  • Starring:

    Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Ilinca Goia, Florin Zamfirescu, Vlad Ivanov

  • Directed by:

    Calin Peter Netzer

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    Details of a fatal car accident (dead child) frequently discussed. Objects thrown, snatched. Domestic violence incident, police brutality mentioned. Damaged vehicle. A woman tampers with police evidence; bribery. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood on windscreen. Blood extraction (needle in arm, blood filling vial). Bruising, wound-dressing. Autopsy mentioned.


    Man in boxers (top of buttocks seen). Low-cut dress, nightwear. Sex, ejaculation, contraception discussed. HIV1, HIV2, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HPV, candidiasis, chlamydia, Pap smear mentioned.


    Anxiety tablets consumed. Drawers of prescription meds seen. Stilnox, Tavor, Diclac, Olynth, Nasomer, narcotics, barbiturates, Praxiten mentioned. Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne). Smoking.


    F-words, a-word. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious references.


    Accidental death, loss of a child, grief, mother-son relationships, bureaucracy, class, manipulation, control, payoffs, bribery, determination, growth, favours, corruption, injustice, narcissism.


    Medical examination. Malpractice (penis accidentally cut off), relationship breakup discussed. Goldfish, dogs, pigs, ducks. Toilet. Fur worn. Romanian language (subtitled).


    Strong, upsetting, unblinking, mesmerising, superb, gripping, uncomfortable, realist, challenging, intelligent, exquisite, chilling, disquieting, subtle, careful, strong, compelling. Breathtaking lead performance, well-drawn characters, raw cinematography, complex final scene, urgent feel, brilliantly crafted, slyly disturbing.


    Heavy-handed. Distracting camerawork.

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