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"I do remember my mother."
on September 3, 2012
What started as an oddly compelling story about a domestic problem (a custody battle), eventually, and by eventually I mean 90 minutes or so, eventually turns into a brief but devastating haunting. The problem with this is that I was expecting a horror movie, at the very least a ghost story. When the ghost is coy and rarely seen, I don't count that as much of a fright. Most of the movie was spent demonstrating just how neurotic a mother can get when faced with losing her child, getting a new job, and moving into a less than attractive apartment. Watching this woman struggle to maintain her composure while coping with the usual adversities of life was one thing, shoving a ghost into the mix at the last minute proved to be more than just the last straw. It came across as an odd afterthought instead of the main focus. If this was truly a ghost story than why was the filmmaker so stingy when it came to showing that aspect of the story? For me it was a case of far too little, too late. (To make matters worse, they tacked on a postscript titled ten years later, or what the ghost(s) are up to now.)
The scariest thing in this movie was watching the mother's gradual meltdown.