Arnon Grunberg

Natural order


Tonight I saw Rodrigo Garcia’s movie “Mother and Child”.
The audience was mainly female.
A.O. Scott wrote in Friday’s Times: “The notion that adoption is something close to a catastrophe — a tear in the fabric of the natural order — may baffle or alienate viewers whose experience suggests otherwise. But the cast members, and Mr. Garcia’s graceful stewardship of their efforts, provide nuances that might not be in the pages of his script.”

“Mother and Child” is an intriguing, tender and at times very emotional movie about the catastrophe called adoption.
The last scene was unnecessary, but that’s a minor detail.

A woman seated next to me was sobbing. I could understand why. It’s not the message of the movie but I left the theater with the feeling: don’t procreate, have sex for fun.