The Whore's Son
The Whore's Son (2006)

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.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 28, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

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.

David Noh
Film Journal International

While poignant in the extreme, never stoops to easy sentimentality or sensationalism.

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Jay Weissberg

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.

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Laura Kern
New York Times

The story should have been allowed to unfold naturally, from start to finish, without disclosing where it was headed right from the get-go.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

Sturminger never seems to be quite sure what his film is about ...

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

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.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

... a low-key Austrian drama that, as the title hints, dusts off Coming of Age Plot No. 16C, with modestly entertaining results.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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.

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