This Week’s Recommendation: Mother

29 Jan 2021


South Korea, 2009

128 mins, language South Korean

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

Mother -  an earlier work from last year’s Oscar winning Parasite director, Joon-ho Bong - was the 688th film screened by RFS on 21st February 2012. It was the fourth equal ranked film of Season 49, with an approval rating of 86% from those attending.

This strange, fascinating film begins with what seems like a straightforward premise. A young man of very limited intelligence is accused of murder. A clue with his name on it and eyewitness testimony tie him to the crime. His mother, a dynamo, plunges into action to prove her son innocent. So there we have it; he's either guilty or not and his mother will get to the bottom of things. Or not.

She marches tirelessly around the village, doing her own detective work. She questions people, badgers them, harasses police, comforts her son and hires a worthless lawyer. We learn everything she learns. It seems she's getting nowhere but the film is labyrinthine and deceptive and not in a way we anticipate.

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

Mother can be streamed from Amazon Prime and the discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.



Presented by Richmond Film Society