VSL// See the anti-Juno of adoption movies

There are moments in Mother and Child (in theaters 5/7) that will certainly make you cry. But, perhaps more importantly, this remarkable and affecting movie is one that will also make you think —and for long after the credits roll.

Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington all play women affected by adoption: Karen (Bening) gave up a baby when she was 14 and has been haunted by it ever since; Elizabeth (Watts) never knew her birth mother and has grown up to be as aloof in her personal life as she is successful in her professional one; Lucy (Washington) is trying to adopt a baby with her husband. Their lives intersect and intertwine in fascinating ways—even if you think you know where this movie is going, trust us, you don’t. Written and directed by Rodrigo García (son of writer Gabriel García Márquez), Mother and Child has a great cast of supporting players (including Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits), but the powerful performances by the three main actresses are what make this movie one not to be missed.

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