Mother & Child

Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Screenwriters: Rodrigo Garcia

Institute History

  • 2010 Sundance Film Festival


Destiny plays a part in the lives of three women—a 50-year-old physical therapist, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years earlier, and a woman looking to adopt her first child. In this exploration of one of nature's most basic instincts, their pasts intertwine, inform, and evolve to reveal their innermost desires.

Rodrigo García once again reveals himself as a master storyteller with an uncanny understanding of the psyche of his unique characters. With strong directorial vision, he dares us to go to uncharted territory in a way that is both effortless and beautiful. The nuanced performances by this stellar cast let you into the fractured existence of these women, each motivated by a deep longing that holds them prisoners in their own fate. Moving and profound, Mother & Child exposes the complex layers of life's challenges while remaining poetic and ethereal, yet painfully real on all levels.

— John Cooper

Screening Details

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