Director: Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Hya-ja Kim, Bin Won. 128 min. Rated R. South Korea. Suspense.
A friend recently told me sometimes critics like a foreign movie ... just because its foreign. I guess the South Korean Mother (with its 95% Tomatometer rating) is a good example. Nothing wrong with the story of a mother who's bent on doing anything (and I mean anything) to prove her mentally-challenged teenage son innocent of murder, but this movie can benefit from editing out a good 20 minutes or so. My cautious point: I did not find anything special here. For a much better movie by the same director, watch The Host.