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A woman embarks on an obsessive quest to clear her son's name of murder.

Starring:
Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

Mother

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Joon-ho Bong
Starring Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won
Supporting actors Ku Jin, Je-mun Yun, Mi-seon Jeon, Sae-Byeok Song, Byoung-Soon Kim, Woo-hee Chun, Gin-goo Kim, Moo-yeong Yeo, Young-Suck Lee, Hee-ra Mun, Mi-do Lee, Young-ki Jung, Gyu-pil Go, Pil-Kyeong Jang, Jeong-wuk Kim, Seung-hyeon Lee, Bok-dong Mun
Studio Magnolia
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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.
Andrew Ellington
This is the theme here, a mother's love for her son, a mother must prove the capability of her son when taken advantage of, when the law is too distant to care.
⚫ RIZZO ⚫
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.
Nathan Andersen

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on July 27, 2010
Format: DVD
While it took a while for me to really get into this film, I must say that it is still lingering in the back of my mind. This is a hard one to shake, and that is due in large part to a fascinating performance by Hye-ja Kim (think Imelda Staunton in `Vera Drake' without the happy-go-lucky overtones).

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.
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Format: DVD
When her mentally challenged son is charged with a brutal murder, his mother sets out to prove him innocent. When the ordinary channels fail her, she increasingly takes things into her own hands, and is not afraid to get those hands dirty.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Wilkinson on January 21, 2011
Format: DVD
"Mother" is the most recent film from Korean director Joon-Ho Bong ("The Host", "Memories of Murder"). Hye-ja Kim plays Mother, the lead character in this brilliantly composed film about the lengths someone will go to protect their children. Yoon Do-joon is a simple, kind boy who for reasons unknown has intermittent amnesia. One day as he is going home he notices a pretty girl walking the same direction. After a few attempts to have a conversation Do-joon moves on and heads home. The next day, we see that the girl has been murdered and witnesses put Do-joon at the scene. Mother, however, knows her son is innocent and will stop at nothing to prove it.

What an incredible film! It gives a little, takes a little then gives a little more. As soon as you think you've figured it out, it hits you that you truly haven't. Unlike Hollywood the twists in this movie are perfectly timed and minimal yet they have a big impact. Also, the twists are believable which was a nice surprise.

There are a few holes in this movie though. Luckily, they are open to interpretation and is one of the talking points after viewing. Many people feel that the holes are revealed in the story and some feel that they are not, so I'll leave it up to you to decide. Even if there are some loose ends, the other aspects of the film is what makes it so successful.

The acting is great as is the script. Hye-ja Kim (Mother) did an incredible job showing range and intensity. There is a scene where she confronts the grieving family of the murdered girl in an effort to convince them of her sons innocence. That scene really showcases the raw talent she has. Another stand out performance was the one from Bin Won (Yoon Do-joon). He did superb bringing a mentally challenge boy to the big screen.
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