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Child's Pose

Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
Child's Pose image - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
NOW AVAILABLE TO OWN OR VIEW ON DEMAND
Child's Pose poster - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
One of cinema’s most domineering mothers. A powerhouse drama.
Garry Maddox
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Stunning. As brilliantly portrayed by Gherghiu, Cornelia is a real piece of work. Don’t try to understand her, but just try to take your eyes off her. Highly recommended for lovers of exemplary world cinema.
Leigh Paatsch
THE HERALD SUN
One to remember. Netzer has taken compelling acting, psychological insight and an unerring sense of drama – even melodrama – to create a film with a deep sense of humanity.
Lynden Barber
SBS FILMS
Director: Calin Peter Netzer
Cast: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache
Duration: 112mins
Country of Origin: Romania
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Mature themes and coarse language
One of cinema’s most domineering mothers. A powerhouse drama.
Garry Maddox
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Stunning. As brilliantly portrayed by Gherghiu, Cornelia is a real piece of work. Don’t try to understand her, but just try to take your eyes off her. Highly recommended for lovers of exemplary world cinema.
Leigh Paatsch
THE HERALD SUN
One to remember. Netzer has taken compelling acting, psychological insight and an unerring sense of drama – even melodrama – to create a film with a deep sense of humanity.
Lynden Barber
SBS FILMS

WINNER – 2013 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL - Golden Bear (Best Film)
WINNER – 9 ROMANIAN FILM AWARDS incl Best Film, Director, Actress, Screenplay, Supporting Actor & Supporting Actress

Hailed internationally by both audiences and critics, and popular winner of the coveted Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale, Cãlin Peter Netzer‘s riveting drama centres on the vice-like grip of a mother’s affection for her son, and the repercussions of her actions when his wellbeing is placed in jeopardy.

60-year-old Cornelia (the phenomenal Luminita Gheorghiu) leads a life of privilege, social power and abundant material wealth in contemporary Bucharest, but life is not perfect. More than anything in the world, she longs for her 34 year-old son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) to reciprocate her unreserved devotion. But the pair barely speak, something the domineering Cornelia blames on Barbu’s live-in girlfriend, who has a child from a previous relationship. 

The balance of power irrevocably shifts one cold evening when Barbu is involved in a tragic car accident. Seeing her chance to regain control, Cornelia commences a frighteningly well-orchestrated campaign to save her son from prison. Unfortunately the germaphobic Barbu, boiling with anger yet hopelessly emasculated, seemingly refuses to play along…

Propelled by Gheorghiu’s towering, tour-de-force performance and a razor-sharp attention to class and generational resentments, Netzer’s engrossing film lays bare the moral bankruptcy of upper class, post-Ceaușescu Romanian society and its institutions in expert fashion. Disquieting but also compassionate, this examination of guilt and the crippling effects of loss became a national talking point upon release in Romania last year (breaking 20 year-old box office records) and makes for fascinating, unforgettable viewing.

Child's Pose poster - a film by Calin Peter Netzer
NOW AVAILABLE TO OWN OR VIEW ON DEMAND