Naomi Watts

Garcia's 'Mother and Child' reinvents the 'woman's film'

At the Maryland Film Festival last month, writer-director Rodrigo Garcia said that his electric drama about primal bonds, "Mother and Child," the festival's closing-night attraction, would have been a top property for Bette Davis and would have received the full red-carpet treatment during Hollywood's Golden Age.

As he spelled out in an interview at the Hotel Monaco the next morning, a director who wants to make an emotion-based movie in 2010 about families coming together or flying apart has to make it for a modest price and fill it with marquee names such as Annette Bening and Naomi Watts.

Judging from the ovation Garcia received for "Mother and...

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