Cinema: Star-Crossed Mothers A CRY IN THE DARK

Directed by Fred Schepisi Screenplay by Robert Caswell and Fred Schepisi THE GOOD MOTHER Directed by Leonard Nimoy Screenplay by Michael Bortman

These are variations on motherhood's worst-case scenario: you turn your back for a moment or make, under pressure of conflicting emotions, what seems to you only a minor error in judgment, and suddenly your child is snatched from you. For Lindy Chamberlain (Meryl Streep) in A Cry in the Dark, the loss is permanent: she never sees her baby again, alive or dead. For Anna Dunlap (Diane Keaton) in The Good Mother, the outcome is not quite so cruel: she faces losing custody of her daughter Molly, but not the child's death. Yet both mothers find themselves in court, desperately defending...

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