CHILD'S POSE, the new film directed by Calin Peter Netzer, shown below, and co-written by Mr. Netzer and Razvan Radulescu. One of the wonderful things about the film is that, unlike so many fine Romanian films of late, this one doesn't go exactly where you expect it to. Or, rather, it goes there, all right -- but then travels much farther in a different direction. Here we have another look at the Romanian haute bourgeoisie in all its entitled glory and narcissism, this time via a successful woman and her immediate family, specifically the treasured adult child whom she has apparently spoiled to the point of oblivion.
Luminita Gheorghiu (shown below and on poster above), who rewards him with an the kind of performance -- deep, fierce, transcendent -- that ought to win every award in the roster. Ms Gheorghiu has the power to bring an audience with her wherever she goes, and in Child's Pose, my goodness, does she travel. By the end of this remarkable movie, you will feel as though you, too, have experienced what her character Cornelia does -- the actress is that involving and overwhelming.
Bogdan Dumitrache, below). How she handles this is utterly expected, but how those around her react offers the surprise inherent in life that movies, even some very good ones, often miss.
Zeitgeist Films, and running 112 minutes -- opens this coming Wednesday, February 19, in New York City at Film Forum, and in Los Angeles on Friday, February 21, at the Landmark NuArt. In the weeks and months to come, the movie will play all across the country. To see currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters listed, simply click here.