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Bening Talks Vanity-Free Roles in Mother and Child, The Kids Are All Right

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 28, 2010 at 1:08AM

Sony Pictures Classics has a good eye for awards contenders. They scooped up Get Low and Mother and Child out of Toronto, and it's likely that we will see both Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the awards race this fall.
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Sony Pictures Classics has a good eye for awards contenders. They scooped up Get Low and Mother and Child out of Toronto, and it's likely that we will see both Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the awards race this fall.

Bening dominates Rodrigo Garcia's sprawling ensemble drama Mother and Child (May 7, trailer below), as a shut-down prickly older woman who seems to have given up on finding a mate. Through a series of events, she opens up and learns how to let go some of her baggage. Bening is also brilliant (and funny) as a gay parent with partner Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance hit The Kids Are All Right, co-starring Mark Ruffalo as the couple's sperm donor, which Focus Features will open July 7 (trailer below). Here's my Sundance interview with Cholodenko.

In this (under-lit) flip cam interview, Bening opens up about feeling free to play women of a certain age--with or without glamour.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.