The Whore's Son
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A sullen Viennese boy longing for the affection of his neglectful mother determines to find out just why his neighbors scornfully refer to him as a "whore's son" in director Michael Sturminger's Oedipal-oriented drama. When Ozren was just a child, his mother Silvija (Chulpan Khamatova) always told him that she supported the family by working nights as a waitress. As the years went by and the comments made by his neighbors led Ozren to question his mother's true profession, his needs for parental companionship continued to go unfulfilled despite the close relationships… 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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