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4,580 Ratings



Directed by Bong Joon-ho
South Korea, 2009
Crime, Thriller, Drama


A widow lives quietly with her mentally challenged son in a small South Korean town. They’re plunged into a nightmare when a girl is brutally murdered, and the son is the prime suspect. Betrayed by the legal system, the mother takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name.

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Mother Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2009 | Un Certain Regard

Independent Spirit Awards

2010 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | 3rd place: Best Actress

2010 | Nominee: Best Film

This is one of those great and rare movies that has a byzantine plot full of surprises, but is also a powerful character study of a bizarre and driven woman.
April 09, 2010
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In whichever tonality, the brilliant mix of melancholia and outrageousness in Mother suggests, uncannily, a remake of Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), in its unseen, complete, original version.
December 01, 2009
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A dark tale about a mother who will go to extreme lengths to save her son, and a stunning blend of bewildering intensity, daring artistry and storytelling magic.
November 01, 2009
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