"Bizarre, Violent and Disturbing"
What You Need To Know:
MOTHER is a quirky, foreign language film that does have beautiful cinematography, yet the story is unsettling and, ultimately, violent. The movie starts as a love story, portraying the protective bond between an old widow and her handicapped son, but even that bond is depicted in an uncomfortable, Oedipus-style dynamic. Then, the movie takes a turn toward becoming a dark, crime thriller with surprising, violent results. It also has plenty of foul language, violence and lewd content.
(PaPaPa, FR, Pa, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview with no redeemable content, some New Age elements of acupuncture; 74 obscenities, seven profanities and several uses of the derogatory term, “retard”; strong violence includes hit and run, teenager vandalizes a car, girl is murdered with a blunt weapon and her body is hung over the roof of a building for people to see, car crash, women are pushing, shoving and slapping each other, man tells a story about his mother trying to poison him when he was only 5-years-old, prisoners fight each other, guy beats up two thugs and breaks one child’s teeth to get information out of him, thugs shove girl to the ground, woman bludgeons man to death with a pipe wrench and burns down his house; strong sexual content includes depicted fornication, mother watches her son urinate, woman is groped, unmarried kissing, woman keeps explicit photos on her cell phone of the men with which she has had affairs, and sexual dialogue; upper female nudity, upper male nudity in several scenes, woman in bra and her panties are seen, and woman’s upper thigh; drunkenness depicted in several scenes, woman vomits from drunkenness; cigarette smoking and pot smoking depicted; and, vandalism, lying, blackmail, and arson.
MOTHER is a dark, disturbing, violent Korean movie about a poor woman who will go to any lengths to prove the innocence of her mentally handicapped son, who she believes has been wrongfully framed for the murder of a local girl in a small, South Korean village.
Mother lives a quiet life, selling herbs and providing acupuncture services to the people in her village as well as taking care of her mentally challenged son, Do-joon. However, when a young girl is discovered dead on a rooftop in town, the police piece together some circumstantial evidence and arrest Do-joon, tricking him into signing a confession.
The lonely old woman, along with Do-joon’s best friend, struggle to find evidence and track down who she believes may be the real killer. Her vigilante hunt leads her to a series of possible perpetrators, but when she learns the truth about the murder, Mother will stop at nothing to protect her son.
MOTHER is a quirky, foreign language movie that does have beautiful cinematography, yet the story is unsettling and, ultimately, violent. The movie starts as a love story, portraying the protective bond that exists between an old widow and her son, but even that bond is depicted in an uncomfortable, Oedipus-style dynamic. Then, the movie takes a turn toward becoming a dark, crime thriller with surprising and violent results.
MOTHER has a very strong pagan worldview with no redeemable aspects at all. It also has a lot of foul language, including several derogatory names for the mentally handicapped boy, as well as strong violence, sex and explicit, including depicted fornication and lewd dialogue. There is also drunkenness, pot drug use, and various immoral elements such as lying and blackmail. This is definitely not the kind of MOTHER that most media-wise audiences will want to see.