Madeo (Mother)

Madeo (Mother)

When a 28 year old man is charged with the brutal murder of a young woman, it is up to his mother to prove him innocent. 3.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Madeo (Mother)

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Foreign
Director Joon-ho Bong
Cast Ku Jin, Hye-ja Kim, Yoon Jae-Moon Bin Won
Studio Optimum Releasing
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 128 mins
 

When a 28 year old man is charged with the brutal murder of a young woman, it is up to his mother to prove him innocent.

Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Romney

Bong's new feature Mother is almost a perfect film, in the sense that no image, no moment is wasted: everything plays its part in the narrative web that he spins with co-writer Park Eun-kyo.

22/08/2010

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Mother’ is a murder mystery, a melodrama, a black comedy, a heartbreaking tragedy, a keen social satire and much more... Bold, unpredictable and quietly devastating, ‘Mother’ is Bong’s first masterpiece.

19/08/2010

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Total Film

Simon Kinnear

If the detective plot is overly contrived… well, so were many of Hitchcock’s. Still, there’s ample conviction in Hye-ja’s pitch-perfect anti-heroine, a model of frazzled motherhood worthy of Joan Crawford.

04/08/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

His accomplished new film, a psychological thriller, resembles its predecessors both in being overlong and in mocking pompous, ineffectual coppers, but has some excellent and highly satisfying twists.

22/08/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The off-kilter story logic, pitch-perfect editing and beady compositional panache make it stylistically pleasurable.

19/08/2010

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Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

ike Bong’s previous films, it has an aspect of straight-faced, absurd humour, but plays a chillingly serious game as the terrifying heroine learns more than she wants to about her son and the strata of tossed-aside, broken-minded people all around.

03/11/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Some scenes have a Hitchcockian suspense flair, others dark streaks of sardonic wit.

18/08/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The film’s structure and pacing is elegant, and the cinematography is striking and frequently rather beautiful — but for all the art house trappings, Bong Joon-ho is doing what he does best here: quality genre cinema.

20/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Peter Whittle

The director, Bong Joon-Ho, certainly knows how to frame a nice shot, but despite its obvious intentions, the film slips very easily from the mind.

22/08/2010

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