While I thoroughly enjoyed Joon-ho Bong’s Memories of Murder (2003) I struggled to appreciate The Host (2006) and the film under review. All three films take a genre, Mother‘s a melodrama, and approaches the narrative askance. In other words, he allows the genre to set up expectation but doesn’t deliver it straight. This is absolutely fine in principle, in practice though – I recognise I’m in a minority of those who’ve seen the films – it fails to engage me; to such an extent that I did nod off at one point during this film’s two hour plus length.
That said, the direction, cinematography and performances are excellent and it does pass the Bechdel test!
Bechdel test: Pass (13/5)
Protagonist: Female (4/10)