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.
Mother and Child trailer:
The Kids Are All Right trailer: