The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


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Love becomes a crime in Director of the Month Bong Joon-Ho’s 2009 thriller Mother.

A peaceful community is rocked by the discovery that a schoolgirl has been brutally murdered. With only circumstantial evidence, the police quickly point the finger at the simple-minded Do-Joon (Won Bin), but his fiercely protective Mother (Kim Hye-ja) maintains that her son is innocent. With it appearing that her son has been framed, Mother launches her own investigation in hope of finding the true killer. Though her discoveries test the disturbing limits of her maternal devotion, she is determined to stop at nothing until her son’s name is cleared.

Critically acclaimed for its striking visuals and marriage of family drama, dark comedy, and horror, Mother is a heart-pounding tale about the depths of a parent’s love.

“Bong retains a tenderness for his creations that belies his pessimistic view of human nature.” – Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia) 

“The film is labyrinthine and deceptive, and not in a way we anticipate. It becomes a pleasure for the mind.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“An alluring piece of work, an artful whodunit that melds shrewd plotting with resourceful camera work and sympathetic characters that are fascinatingly, morbidly off.” – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle