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Lff 2013: 'Child's Pose' review

★★★★☆ Winner of the coveted Golden Bear prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival and now picked up for UK distribution, Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose (2013) is a raw and unflinching drama, smothered by the unconditional love of a mother. Despite her privileged lifestyle and obvious material wealth, 60-year-old Cornelia's (Luminita Gheorghiu) life is far from cheerful. The one thing she longs for more than anything else in the world is for her thirtysomething, despondent and insular son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) to reciprocate the unreserved affection she has for him - which is easier said then done.

The pair hardly speak, something Cornelia blames on his girlfriend, Carmen (Ilinca Goia), who fails to live up to her standards, and whom Cornelia wholeheartedly believes is the sole reason for her son's withdrawn demeanour. However, when Barbu is involved in a tragic car accident, killing a small child in the process,

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