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Monday, 9 April 2012

Mother and Child Film Review and Competition

I was asked, quite appropriately, to take a sneak preview of the new DVD release of Mother and Child - a movie about the complexities of motherhood. Starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Samuel L Jackson, Mother and Child tells the story of three very different women, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

The story follows a bitter spinster who is revisiting her decision to give up the child she bore as a teenager, an infertile mother who has made the decision to adopt, and a young career woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant.

I was surprised at how long it took each thread of the story to get going. The movie certainly didn't have a dramatic start but as the film progressed, the three tales slowly wove their way closer to one another. I found all of the mother-characters in the movie to make me feel a little uncomfortable at the start of the movie but by the end, you begin to realise how humbling and levelling motherhood is.

There is some amazing acting in the movie - Naomi Watts in particular has an incredibly challenging role to play as a young woman scarred by her past who was mentally unprepared for motherhood.

I have a Mother and Child goody bag to give away to one lucky Mellow mummy reader which contains a copy of the film, a bottle of wine, some vouchers and some fake tan to the value of around £100. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave me a comment below and tell me what you think the best thing about being a mum is. The competition will close on the 29th April.


  1. The competition is open to UK residents only.
  2. Only entrants who have commented with an email address when they sign into the IntenseDebate widget below will be entered into the draw. People who just log in with twitter or facebook won't qualify as it is too hard for me to trace the winners.
  3. Only one entry per person. Multiple, automated or bulk entries will result in immediate disqualification
  4. The winner will be contacted by email
  5. Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid email address is provided when commenting (by logging in, or adding this in the comment)
  6. The winner will be selected at random from all valid comments received by 11.59pm on 29th April 2012
  7. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The winner's name will be published on this site
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