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MOTHER (MA15+)

South Korea, 2009 (MIFF 2009, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Bong Joon-ho

MOTHER  (MA15+)

Vertigo-style flashback and shocking revelations elevate the film beyond mere thriller into high-octane Almodovar territory.” - Screen International

One of South Korea's most exciting filmmakers, Bong Joon-ho (The Host, MIFF 06) continues to subvert genre conventions with Mother, his take on a slow-burning psychological thriller.

Korean film and TV icon Kim Hye-ja turns in the performance of her career as a mother on a mission to clear her mentally challenged son of murder; as the investigation deepens, she finds her own past returning to haunt her.

Mother's stylised cinematography and psychological elements cement comparison with the suspense thrillers of Hitchcock's mid-career.

“Confirms Bong's prodigious talent in bending any genre to serve his own idiosyncratic vision.” - Hollywood Reporter

D Bong Joon-ho P Seo Woo-sik, Park Tae-joon S Bong Joon-ho, Park Eun-kyo Dist Madman Entertainment L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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