A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it’s his mother’s call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned. Written by Pusan International Film Festival
Mother is the Korean nominee for Oscar this year. And as far as I am concerned, is one of the best movies I’ve probably ever seen, even though it’s subtitled. The story is the mother lives with her 28 year old son who is, basically, at the very least, challenged; she makes herbs and does illegal acupuncture for the neighbors, and he’s accused of murder. And she is convinced that he is innocent and goes on a quest to free him and to find out who really may have done it. This movie has so many twists and turns, and the woman who plays the mother is just plain wonderful. It’s just — it is hard to recommend it too highly, just because it is so well acted and you care so much about the characters. And there is so much going on. If somebody doesn’t snap it up and make an American remake with Tom Cruise or something — I’m kidding — I’d be surprised. Five stars.