Mother

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Released 2009

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Director:
Joon-ho Bong
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Mother begins when a murder rocks a South Korean town and suspicion quickly falls on a reclusive, mentally challenged -- and alibi-free -- young man (Bin Won). When an inept public defender botches the boy's case, his mother (Hye-ja Kim) sets out to prove her son's innocence. Acclaimed director Joon-ho Bong (Memories of Murder) explores the lengths a mother will go to protect her child in this atmospheric crime thriller.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The hard-pounding heart of Mother, Ms. Kim is a wonderment. Perched on the knife edge between tragedy and comedy, her delivery gives the narrative -- which tends to drift, sometime...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    Mother is a thriller as well as . . . something else.

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Key casting is aces, led by a deglammed Kim, forcefully low-key as the mother who seems capable of anything to protect her son.

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Drama, Suspense

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Thrillers, Foreign Language