Mother (Madeo)
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Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d'Ítre. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naÔve and dependent on his mother and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon's case is quickly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bong's opening and climactic scenes, in which the old woman bops around to a dance tune amid a vast field of yellow grass, are typical of the movie's cockeyed poetry."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It is Hye-ja Kim that carries Mother, making her mother of a Mother an all-suffering, all-enduring victim who acquires more spine and subtler shadings as the story deliberately, patiently reveals its secrets."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Hye-ja Kim gives an Oscar-worthy performance. A very good, very cool piece of cinema."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"An oddball sinister murder mystery that's much more than that."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Beautifully crafted and full of surprises Mother grows more compelling as it unfolds."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Bold, unpredictable and quietly devastating, Mother is Bong's first masterpiece."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Disturbing, enthralling and filled with interesting shots that reflect an artist's eye."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"'Mother' has 'American remake' written all over it."
‑ Clay Cane,
"Mother is a superbly-made thriller with some scenes which will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"The film has visual panache, but it's the way Bong uses such a unique character to tap into the lonely, damaged nature of the private eye archetype that really makes Mother stand out."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"You've never met a mother quite like this one."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Bong is a talent to heed."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This Korean film packs a serious punch, has a killer crossover, but sort of loses its momentum at the end."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A deceptively simple and humorous tale with wonderfully nasty flashes of violence that feel entirely real."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Another quality Bong hit."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Little White Lies
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