Mother And Child
Three women's lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption. KAREN (Annette Bening) had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth, and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew. ELIZABETH (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child; she's a bright and ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her personal life. LUCY (Kerry Washington) is just embarking with her husband on the adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become their own. Though Karen and Elizabeth are strangers to each other, they both struggle with the past's emotional repercussions; a testy discomfort with personal attachments and a penchant for solitude tinged with bitterness. The same unanswered questions resonate for both these women; who was that absent daughter or mother? Would trying to find her be a mistake? Can forgiveness be sought or given? For Lucy, who longs to be a mother, adoption is both a great hope and a scary leap of faith. The men in their lives offer support (and, in one instance, disappointment); Karen's attentive generous co-worker PACO (Jimmy Smits); Elizabeth's older boss and lover PAUL (Samuel L. Jackson); and Lucy's patient husband JOSEPH (David Ramsey). With both humor and pathos, MOTHER AND CHILD brings this ensemble together to reveal the emotional complexity of families lost and found.
Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Cherry Jones, Shareeka Epps, David Morse, Eileen Ryan, Alexandria Salling-Heacock, Connor Kramme, David Ramsey, Kay D'Arcy, Bradford Alex, Jimmy Smits, Elpidia Carrillo, Simone Lopez, Carla Gallo, Marc Blucas, Michael Warren, LaTanya Richardson, Amy Brenneman, Tatyana Ali, Sean Scarborough, Ahmed Best, Gloria Garayua, Elizabeth Peña, Lawrence Pressman, Britt Robertson, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Karen Graci, Eugene Collier