Child of Mine
Child of Mine
Directed: Jamie Payne
Genre: Drama, Thriller
An English couple (Joanne Whalley and Adrian Dunbar) who are desperate for children adopt two sisters from Canada whose mother had been murdered. When they get back to England, the elder child (brilliantly played by Hannah Lochner) throws tantrums and attacks a boy with a pair of scissors. The adoptive mother, however, is a child psychologist whose therapeutic instincts dovetail perfectly with the demands of a thriller. What if I take her back to Canada to where it happened, she says. Maybe it will trigger a memory. Hmm...
Movie ReviewsThe young actress, Hannah Lochner who played Heather was excellent; she was creepy, disturbing, a sympathetic brat, manipulative but gave a really charismatic performance. She stole the show. She tackled all her scenes (and some were quite harsh) with ease and showed talent way beyond her years. One scene in particular when she is watching her mother get brutally murdered whilst hiding in the cupboard is so moving. She is definitely a star in the making.
The story itself was harrowing, a woman, Tess (unable to have children and unable to adopt in the UK after an attempted suicide) adopts two girls. The younger one, Grace quickly becomes a member of the family but the elder girl, Heather is a traumatised young child and Tess soon believes she is hiding a dark secret. The story is gripping and watch it just for Lochner's performance.