Thinking about what it means to be a mother is incredibly challenging to someone who has never experienced it. I'm stuck between being totally awestruck and completely terrified. The terrified portion is mostly thanks to a day spent in a Florida airport watching legions of moms battling unwieldy strollers and toddlers with unrelenting energy and supercharged vocal chords. Wherever on the scale the experience actually lands, one thing is obvious--it is all-consuming, a complete paradigm shift. One day, you're spending your last ten bucks on corny dogs and Miller Lites at the Lakewood Landing--and the next, you're discussing the finer points of breast pumps with a lactation consultant. Rodrigo Garcia's touching new film Mother and Child explores that all-consuming nature of motherhood, looking at the struggles and the joys of what the mother-child bond can bring. Interweaving the stories of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and another woman on the quest to adopt a baby, the film is a nuanced exploration of a range of experiences under the umbrella of motherhood. Get a glimpse of the complexities of the bond that is nature's craziest roller coaster ride as Mother and Child plays this weekend at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Showtimes are 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. Visit themodern.org/magnolia.
June 4-6, 2010