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Mother and Child

Rodrigo García (son of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez) directs one of those ensemble, anthology-stye dramas in which all the characters are linked to one another in esoteric ways. Annette Bening is a prickly 50-year-old regretting a 35-year-old decision to give her daughter up for adoption. Kerry Washington is an infertile woman who wants to adopt a baby. Naomi Watts is an icy lawyer having an affair with her boss Samuel L. Jackson and avoiding the idea of motherhood altogether. There are other people involved as well—all connected in one way or another to the theme of mothers and daughters. The acting is top-notch, the writing quite emotional, but the story takes some untangling. Not as much as Babel, mind you, but there are a lot of plot threads going at once. 125 minutes R.