February Films: Mother

I watched the South Korean movie Mother without much foreknowledge except that it was supposed to be good. For the first half of the movie, I was pretty much completely confused, thanks to a darting, incomplete plotline; strange characters such as the titular mother and her son, possibly mentally handicapped; the oddity of the setting (a crumbling South Korean town); and the subtitles.

Staying with the movie, though, I was rewarded with an amazing second hour that combined elements of murder mysteries, techno-thrillers, and even black comedies. Once all the threads of the story had been exposed, the resolution was actually fairly obvious, but still satisfying. Maybe the most compelling proof of the movie’s power was that I had several bizarre dreams featuring its characters and plot.

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