Argento's best since The Stendhal Syndrome, which is not a superlative I'm giving it by default, as I enjoyed Mother of Tears more than most. There are many of his classic signatures here reinterpreted. In stripping away many affections and experiments of his latter-day projects there's a renewed vitality to this work than doesn't make it feel old hat or like it's going through the motions either.
Not really sure why all the existential reviews on this film (as in "Why does this movie exist?"). Yes, it's goofy fluff,
that's pure escapism, and didn't seem to have a current market imperative, but rare are the movies that truly feel urgent and imperative. For those interested, it's in this no-man's land where cult favorites tend to be born.
For its modest aims this movie is quite funny and diverting. If, when I was younger, Warner Bros. did something…
The treatment of the subjects is rather vignette via interview, but it does tie together into one unifying theme that could address the concerns of many of those Bergman inteviewed in his adopted home. Having seen Bergman Island before, it’s great to see his perspective on the place and the people. It’s also fascinating to watch in hindsight knowing there’s a followup ten years later, making it somewhat like the Up series.
It's a sprawling topic, which makes it hard to hold together. However, it was informative, and clarified some things I wondered about. It can communicate with the uninitiated, and as per usual makes a mockery of prejudice through science. However, some of the sociological insights, especially from other cultures, are what is most telling. Some of the subjects' stories are quite moving and communicate volumes.