Monday, November 9, 2009

Mother

The typical Korean family is an extremely devoted unit, where everything that is done - work, study, living - is all for the family. Mother (마더) portrays this family bond - where a young, mentally incapacitated son is accused of murder and his obsessive elderly Mother, convinced he is innocent - investigates the case on her own.
This movie is directed by Bong Joon-ho and is Korea's official submission for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.
I would be surprised if the film made it that far - it's not a life changing movie but it is a beautiful story, brilliantly acted and which is funny in places and then harrowing in this woman's desperation and devotion to her son.

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