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Wendy Ide on Mother

Kim Hye-ja in Bong Joon-ho's Mother
Kim Hye-ja in Bong Joon-ho's Mother

“It's overlong and the pacing suffers from the unwieldy run time”. Wendy Ide on Mother (Now screening at Picturehouse and ICA). I'm trying to think of a Korean film she actually likes #

2 thoughts on “Wendy Ide on Mother

  1. Personally, having just re-watched Mother last night, I thought the pacing was perfect and, as Korean films, go this wasn’t remotely overly long. The cinematography is beautiful, the timing is exquisite (albeit painful to watch) and the shock to the senses from the double denouement is unforgettable. Cleverly crafted films like this are rare and the psychological authenticity of characters who are flawed but in a manner that is so consistent with real life makes this a minor masterpiece.

  2. I agree. When I read a Korean film review and think to myself, “Who IS this stupid person?” nine times out of ten it’s Wendy Ide in The Times. To be fair though her review of Mother is more positive than negative. It’s just her final sentence that got me going.

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