Mother is a fantastic story of the lengths a mother will go to protect her son. The film follows a mother’s attempts to prove her mentally disabled son, convicted of the murder of a child, is innocent. She is forced to come face to face with a cast of characters and realities that she was not quite expecting. Does redemption come her way? Watch the film, and you will see if it does.
From what I remember reading somewhere, this role was written specifically for Kim Hye Ja to perform. And she was awesome. She did a fantastic job carrying the burden of this woman’s life on the screen. She displays moments of excellent care, love, and concern. I have checked. However, I can assume she was at the very least nominated for lots of high prestige awards because of this role. This film offered her a multi-layered role most actors would die for. I love what she did in this film. Her portrayal set the benchmark, and the closest performance I have seen since in South Korean cinema was from LeeYong- Nyeo in “Mother is Whore”. Which was a legendary performance, in my opinion. It isn’t often a film that centers around a mature woman and not about her sexuality. Kim’s performance elevated this grounded character to heights rarely seen.
This was Bong Joon-ho’s fourth directed film at that time. It was different from previous work, which was a critique of social ongoings. This film, unlike others, was just about a woman and the flawed child she loved. It was about the mistakes we make as parents. The humanity involved in the film was absolutely beautiful to witness. It is a must-see.
For me, this is his best film. It isn’t as ambitious as Parasite and The Host. But it just brings something to the table in substance that feels perfect. Check out this film.
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