Mother (Madeo) 마더 2009. Film Review

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Kim Hye-ja

Kim Hye-ja

After watching Mother, I had to sit back and think that was it really Bong Joon-Ho who directed this film, or was it Alfred Hitchcock, who came back from the dead just to direct his last master piece. Shown in the Prince Charles Cinema, as part of the Terracotta Film Club, this was another Korean film which kept its viewers at the edge of their seats.

Kim Hye-ja with Won Bin

Kim Hye-ja with Won Bin

 

Shot on location in Busan and Jeolla Province, Bong Joon-Ho tells the story of a widowed Mother (Kim Hye-Ja) living with her only son Don Joo (Won Bin) who has an intellectual disability. The mother always keeps an eye on her son, and tries to keep him out of trouble and away from an only friend Jin Tae (Jin Goo (Ku Jin)) whom she thinks puts the blame on him whenever something goes wrong when they are together. Things turn when the body of a dead high school girl is discovered. The blame immediately goes on Don Joo, but his mother thinks otherwise, and does everything to prove her son’s innocence.

Won Bin

Won Bin

The thrill, suspense and most importantly the mystery in this film, is at another level. There are light moments in this film, which would suddenly make you burst into laughing and at times make you sympathise with all the characters in the film. The Cinematography makes you fall in love with the different locations in Busan and Jeolla Province. Each and every character in the film may it be a minor character which is not even noticeable has its own importance.

Kim Hye-ja

Kim Hye-ja

 

Bong Joon-Ho, who is a master at pocketing awards after awards, had scored 19 wins for this film. The film Mother (Madeo) 2009, won Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Actress in a Foreign Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Music, Best Screenplay, Best Lighting, Silver Medal Cinematography, SIGNIS Award, Best Foreign Picture, Best East Meets West Cinema Award, Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year, Best International Director, Best International Film, Best International Drama and Best Foreign Language Film in since 2009 till 2011.

A Black & White version of this film, which had been carefully overseen by the Director Bong Joon-ho and the Cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo was screened in the 38th Hong Kong Film Festival 2014 on April 5th, 2014.

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Writer: Bong Joon-ho, Eun-kyo Park

Starring: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Country: South Korea

Language: Korean

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