Mother

  • 15
  • Bong Joon-ho (2009)
  • S Kor (SUB)
  • 123 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Maternal devotion is taken to startling extremes in this rewarding Hitchcockian thriller from Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host). Beautifully shot and grippingly plotted, the film sees doting mother Kim Hye-ja prepared to go to any lengths to clear her adult son's name after the feeble-minded young man (Won Bin) is accused of murder. What follows is an eccentric and twisting whodunnit skilfully fused with an intimate and emotionally complex character study, as Kim's instinct-driven detective work reveals unsettling truths about both parent and child, as well as the small-town community around them. Echoing Bong's previous output, a seam of absurd and precisely paced humour adds unpredictability to the ostensibly simple story, defying genre conventions while playfully satirising the film's stereotypes. But it's the slow-burning marriage of suspense and melodrama that proves most effective, amplified by Kim's subtle performance, which elicits viewer sympathy no matter how deranged her determined heroine becomes.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring kim Hye-ja. When a young man with learning difficulties is accused of murder and then confesses to the crime, his mother turns detective to prove his innocence.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mother
Kim Hye-ja
Yoon Do-joon
Won Bin
Jin-tae
Jin Goo
Je-mun
Yoon Je-moon
Mi-sun
Jun Mi-sun
Ragman
Lee Young-suck
Detective
Song Sae-beauk
Moon Ah-jung
Moon Hee-ra
Mina
Chun Woo-hee
Chief
Kim Byoung-soon

Crew

Director
Bong Joon-ho

Other Information

Language: 
Korean +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
ICO/Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Aug 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Drama