The Whore's Son
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At the age of three, Ozren only has to watch his mother while she's sleeping to know that she's the most beautiful woman in the world. A queen. At the age of nine, he doesn't understand why people swear at him on the street, calling him a whore's son, a sonofabitch: his mother works as a waitress and that's the only reason she's hardly ever at home in the evening. At the age of 16 Ozren knows. He's learned a lot: about money from his mother; about God from his Auntie Ljiljana; about the world from his Uncle Ante; about whores from Pepi. Now, he's determined to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's reasonable, of course, for a teenager to misunderstand his mother. But The Whore's Son doesn't comprehend her any better than her son does."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"The slicing camerawork of Fassbinder/Haneke collaborator Jurgen Jurges underscores the bitter message: We don't always know what we want from our parents, only what we're not getting."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"While poignant in the extreme, never stoops to easy sentimentality or sensationalism."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Strong performances aren't enough to flesh out an underdeveloped script that leaves far too many questions unanswered."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tale of mother worship nicely sets its protags within multiple contexts as outsiders, but is kept from taking off by poor motivations and a nagging naivete in the over-innocent title character."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"The story should have been allowed to unfold naturally, from start to finish, without disclosing where it was headed right from the get-go."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Sturminger never seems to be quite sure what his film is about ..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Ozren's dejected journey for his mother distills the Oedipus story and is capped with an unconscious, cut-the-cord bid for survival."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Despite a contrived creakiness in the plot, a climax all too broadly hinted at in the opening scene and the occasional dive into blowzy-hooker cliché, some characters are nicely observed."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"... a low-key Austrian drama that, as the title hints, dusts off Coming of Age Plot No. 16C, with modestly entertaining results."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Being in the company of Usein's and Lisnic's slow-minded, one-note character for most of the movie, we're strained to develop the sympathy level that would make for a touching or perceptive study."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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