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|Regie:||Călin Peter Netzer|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Wealthy Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) is convinced that she knows best what is best for her adult son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache). She knows better than him and certainly better than his girlfriend Carmen (Ilinca Goia). And so it goes without saying for Cornelia that she takes the helm when Barbu is responsible for a fatal traffic accident. For the successful architect, there is only one goal from now on: she wants to protect her son from the consequences and prevent him from going to prison. For the woman from the Romanian upper class it is a matter of course that you can buy everything and everyone. But their motivation is actually only maternal care or rather ice-cold egoism?
With "Mother & Son" director Călin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale. Berlinale winners are, with a few exceptions, not necessarily known for reaching a wide audience. Often the artistic demand is far higher than the entertainment value, which is also minimized by a production that is bulky for most viewers. This doesn't automatically have to be something bad, because quality can't be measured by the number of viewers a film can inspire. On the other hand, winning a Golden Bear does not necessarily mean that a film is excellent and is simply not understood by the general public.
"Mother & Son" is somewhere in between. Netzer's film also makes it difficult to find your way into the story with its very bulky narrative style, especially at the beginning. This is made even more difficult by the fact that actually all figures are unsympathetic. On the other hand, the history of post-Ceausescu Romania, with its themes such as class struggle, maternal care and corruption, has a very special charm that makes the events exciting and stirring, despite its very supportive beginning. This impression is especially supported by the convincing play of Luminita Gheorghiu.
Immer again and again Netzer scatters a subtle pinch of sarcasm into the actually very dramatic story, which on the one hand loosens up the sound of the film a bit, but on a second level also gives it more depth. However, this does not make "Mother & Son" more easily accessible. The award-winning drama is clearly not a film for a wider audience, but can only be recommended to those viewers who are open to bulky art house fare from Eastern Europe. But then they get a very multilayered story, which is carried by a strong leading actress.
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