‘Mother’ – Odd, Quirky and Entertaining

Mother isn’t traditionally what we would call horror, I guess if we had to classify this film, it’s more mystery thriller. Mother or Madeo comes from from South Korea and it stars Kim Hye-ja and Won Bin (as a mother and son) and directed Bong Joon-ho. Bong Joon-ho also directed The Host .

Let’s just say our main characters, a son and his mother, are really, really close. So close, there are rumors in the town that they are having an incestuous relationship. Now, it’s never really proven in the film that they did, but it surely wasn’t proven that they didn’t. There are a few questionable scenes thrown in to keep it nice and confusing in that aspect. The son, who suffers from some form of mental retardation, is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and a young girl dies. So naturally, he is suspect number one and naturally, his mother goes batshit to prove he didn’t do it.
The mother sets out on a path to prove her son innocent, by any means necessary, including hiring her son’s friend that she hates to help her unearth hidden stories about the dead girl. She even “deals” with someone who’s story can block her son being declared innocent. And we know what word rhymes with deals, right?

Overall, it’s an oddly entertaining film that had its moments of sheer lunacy with some strange little dance numbers, but whatever shake your groove thang. This film does have its moments of slow, but the pacing does build as you go along with the co-dependent mom as she unravels a rather messed up little mystery. The Horrorfatale says see it! But, be mindful it is over two hours long and subtitled (unless you speak Korean). Madeo or Mother is currently available on DVD.