Director: Bong Joon Ho
Runtime: 129 minutes
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
*Black and white remastered version*
Mother lives alone with her mentally-challenged son. When a girl is murdered, circumstantial evidence suggests his involvement. Eager to close the case, sloppy cops make him prime suspect. Mother hires a lawyer, but he proves just as incompetent. Betrayed by the system, she takes things into her own hands to clear her son’s name. Mother will do whatever she must to find the killer—even if it means breaking the law.
After his hit monster movie The Host (2006), director Bong turned to a different kind of monster: that icon of Korean cinema, the warm-hearted mother. Subverting this archetype, the film depicts Mother’s love as pathological. With little else of value in life, she is consumed by the role she has adopted for herself.
Director Bong Joon Ho is the current Palme D’Or winner for his latest film, Parasite (2019). He is the first South Korean director ever to be honoured with this award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
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