‘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.

Horror in the Neighborhood Cinema — Movie Releases Today

This looks disturbing enough for us. We’ll bite. Mother (Madeo) is opening today in limited release. If you dwell in the states called California and New York you can check this out right. If not? Rent Host. It’s directed by the same dude (Bong Joon-ho) Enjoy!

Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d’être. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naïve and dependent on his mother, and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon’s case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story. Trusting no one, Hye-ja’s maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to find the girl’s killer and prove her son’s innocence.

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