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The film circles around an elderly woman's search for the truth regarding a murder that places her mentally challenged son in prison. Call it being at the wrong place at the wrong time (supposedly), but Yoon Do-joon finds himself behind bars when a young girl named Moon Ah-jung winds up dead and prostrated on a rooftop for the whole town to see. Do-joon's mother is convinced of his innocence (he couldn't even hurt a water bug) but circumstantial evidence places him at the scene of the crime and thus leaves her with only one option; investigate herself. Scrounging up the truth is a difficult task, and it may lead to answers she isn't ready to stomach, but it is something she needs to do, for herself and for her son.
I'm a really big fan of the film noir and so the tones taken in this film, especially the second half, really appeal to me. The darkness that encroaches on the films plot really flourish as the film progresses, and the conclusion is an emotional gut-punch of a very subtle kind, which I admire, appreciate and respect.
I don't really want to give too much of the films eventualities away, even though the discussion of the mother's motives and actions is eminent. Watching this film is a moral conundrum, and that is something that begs to be analyzed. What I will say though, is that the final moment, on the bus, is probably the most poignant in the entirety of the film for it really nails the mother's moral coffin so-to-speak.Read more ›
While there are scores of films about fathers out to protect and avenge their children who have been victims of a crime, this is the first that I'm aware of in which it is the mother who is out to defend the accused. It is a rich and inventive and, also, dark story, beautifully filmed and directed with subtlety, that offers a fresh look at the police procedural film.
This offbeat new thriller is sustained by a remarkable performance on the part of the leading lady (Hye Ja Kim as "The Mother"); all the other performances are strong, but the at once resolute and unhinged performance of the mother is something I couldn't take my eyes off, from the opening scene where she wanders through a field towards the camera, solemn and serious and suddenly breaks into a dance, to the magical ending on a bus. As with his previous films, Bong Joon Ho manages to convey memories and subjective point of view with a great deal of subtlety, in simple but inventive ways (such as a quick pan to someone who isn't there in the current scene but is being remembered from before). Highly recommended for lovers of inventive cinema, that explores the boundaries of genre in intriguing ways.
The dvd includes a fascinating documentary about the making of "Mother," which offers not only an intriguing look at director Bong Joon Ho in action, but especially emphasizes the importance of mothers in Korean society.Read more ›
It tells of the story of the `mentally challenged' Do-Jung (played by Bin Won), his mother is a herbal medicine maker and illegal acupuncturist on the side. Her son is slow witted and hangs around with a local n'er do well Jin -Tae. He tends to lead Do-Jung astray but he is easily led. His mother has an almost fanatical devotion to her son which goes to extraordinary lengths to care for him.
Do-Jung is supposed to meet Jin-Tae one night at a local bar, but Jin -Tae fails to show. Do-Jung gets very drunk and after passing out is told to get out. On his way home he follows a young girl and tries to talk to her, he is rebuked and goes home. The following day she is found murdered and left in a conspicuous place so is easily found.
The police carry out an unimaginative `investigation' and decide it must be Do-Jung. He is so confused that he signs a confession.
This is where it kicks off, his mum starts to do anything she can to get him released. The lengths she will go to, know no bounds and her journey to discover the truth reveals more truths than she ever wanted to come out.
This is a two hour film that feels like half an hour. It is beautifully shot, the musical score is excellent and the acting superb. This is a story of the human condition, slovenly police and a corrupt system of justice. It could also be called `how far will a mother go?' It had me gripped through out and the unpolished reality of the sets was truly refreshing. If you are a world cinema fan then this is a must see.
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The high reviews that this film received in online Asian film sites interested me. An unusual film to say the least,
and I did enjoy it - but some plot elements were not to my... Read more
This movie was recommended by a USC Film teacher through the USC-KAFE program in L.A.. So, I decided to watch it and it was good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nora
I'm a Won Bin fan and am surprised to see him so out of character. He did a good job, but the real star of the movies is his mother. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yosh
Great movie. Gripping and interesting plot and characters, beautiful cinematography.Published 5 months ago by Ben
Dont get why this movie is rated so high. I find it mostly boring and was going to cut it off numerous times if it was not for the great reviews. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jermaine Reid