• phillipb

    ★★★★★ Added by phillipb

    I'm a big fan of Korean cinema so maybe a little biased but even so this film stands out. Truly original vision and plot, stunningly executed. Mesmerizing.


  • Steven Flores

    Watched by Steven Flores 18 Apr, 2015

    An absolutely incredible and gripping suspense film about a middle-aged woman's own personal journey to uncover the truth about a murder that her mentally-challenged son was falsely accused of as it's one of Boon Joon-ho's finest films.


  • fultoncharlie

    ★★★½ Watched by fultoncharlie 11 Jul, 2011

    Wonderful titular performance by Hye-ja Kim, an actor apparently much-loved in south Korea, in a nifty "wrong man" thriller. 1st shot is of her dancing alone in a wide field; why is she doing this? As the plot winds its way to giving a perfectly logical answer to this question, we learn lots of seamy facts about her town. Some have compared this to Hitchcock; it think it's more like Clouzot, esp. LE CORBEAU. 7/10


  • TajLV

    ★★★★ Watched by TajLV 10 Apr, 2015

    After watching The Host last month by writer-director Bong Joon-ho, I was quite interested to see more of his Korean-language work, and I'm really glad that I did. This is a wickedly good crime drama about a mother who will do almost anything for her son ... and I do mean anything.

    Hye-ja Kim plays the mother of Yoon Do-joon (Bin Won), a slow-witted young man who gets accused and convicted of murdering a school girl named Moon Ah-jeong (Hee-ra…


  • Sumner Forbes

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sumner Forbes 08 Apr, 2015

    In what will likely end up being Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, Mother is a remarkable film about the bonds of family, and how those bonds withstand even the most arduous situations. The film features two marvelous performances from Kim Hye-Ja as the unnamed Mother, and Won Bin as Do-Joon, her autistic son who is accused of murdering a young schoolgirl in their small town. As expected, the murder tears the town apart, with the majority of the town turning against Mother…


  • Andrew Jupin

    ★★★★½ Watched by Andrew Jupin 30 Mar, 2015

    Not considering this a re-watch because today I got to screen the amazing Black & White cut that was released theatrically in South Korea only and man, was it glorious. What a movie.


  • Jeremy Clark

    ★★★★★ Added by Jeremy Clark

    Mother is a deviously wicked tale of motherly devotion gone awry. Very strange and very fascinating, it manages to turn genre conventions on their head by creating an engrossing mixture of murder mystery, psychological thriller and very black comedy. Funny, tragic, disquieting, and absurd, it's disconcerting in a very primal way. The film is well crafted on a technical level too. The cinematography is superb; every frame is used to great effect as the gripping story unfolds. But perhaps the…


  • mahandhi

    ★★★★ Watched by mahandhi 24 Mar, 2015

    Voelde vreemd genoeg Belgisch aan. Speelt zich af op een kleine oppervlakte, met weinig personages.
    Zeer sterk wel. Dat is dan misschien iets minder Belgisch. Sterk verhaal, enorm goed gespeeld. Echt énorm énorm goed gespeeld.

    Ja. Dit zouden de volgende keer wel eens 5 sterren kunnen zijn.


  • Peng

    ★★★½ Watched by Peng 27 Mar, 2015

    Part of the 30 Countries March Challenge. South Korea.

    This feels like the first time that Bong Joon-Ho's tone swings are applied to a focused story (the other three I have seen are much busier, even the somewhat calm Memories of Murder). That makes Mother come off a bit one-note, since the scripts, although not bad, are very down on the list of what makes his films successful. His usual tonal shifts and general weirdness still keep things off-balance and unpredictable though, and it gains momentum as it goes along, leading to a pretty memorable third act.


  • JaumeMuntane

    ★★★½ Watched by JaumeMuntane 17 Mar, 2015

    Part of March around the world challenge 2015 Film #16: South Korea

    A dark portrait of the mother-son relationship which nimbly moves among several genres (drama, thriller, comedy...). Great acting.

    Un retrat fosc de la relació mare-fill que es mou àgilment entre diferents generes (drama, thriller, comedia...). Grans actuacions.


  • sophomore

    ★★½ Added by sophomore

    Expected yet unexpected Korean crime thriller


  • Josh Bogatin

    ★★★★★ Watched by Josh Bogatin 10 Mar, 2015

    This film is perfect. Honestly one of the best things I've seen in a long while. Especially for movies that are so focused on narrative. Tarantino likens Bong to Spielberg in the 70s and it's not hard to see why. Bong understands perfectly how to effect the audience. The films is constantly witty in a very visual way and the story fucks with your narrative expectancy. The opening and closing sequences are perfect and abstract in a way that compliments…