Mother

  • 129'
  • South Korea
  • 2009
Anyone who allows themselves to be whipped up by the exciting amalgamation of monster film, political satire and family drama in The Host (2006) will be eagerly looking forward to the new film by the versatile Korean talent Bong Joon-Ho. Mother is a dislocating drama about a protective mother who goes through thick and thin to prove that her mentally handicapped son is wrongly suspected of murdering a teenage girl.
Bong gives an unexpected turn to the thriller formula, opening all the registers between light and dark and targeting a penetrating portrayal of loneliness and the dark side of the maternal instinct. The film was an enormous hit in South Korea, partly thanks to the breathtaking portrayal of the mother by Kim Hye-Ja, a very popular TV star who thanks to Bong was now allowed to play something very different.


Director
Bong Joon Ho
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
129'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Madeo
Language
Korean
Producers
Seo Woo-Sik, Park Tae-Joon
Production Company
Barunson Film Division
Sales
CJ Entertainment
Screenplay
Bong Joon Ho, Park Eun-Kyo
Cinematography
Hong Kyung-Pyo
Editor
Moon Sae-Kyoung
Production Design
Ryu Seong-Hie
Sound Design
Choi Tae-Young
Music
Lee Byeong-Woo
Cast
Kim Hye-Ja
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution