Mother isn't as fast-paced and freaky as Korean director Bong Joon-ho's previous movie, The Host, but in many ways it's even more amazing. Instead of giant sewer monsters, Bong focuses on a mentally challenged young man accused of murder and his mother, who will go to any lengths to prove him innocent. It's a masterpiece of a mystery thriller, full of tense moments (the rhythmic first scene, involving the son playing in traffic and a very sharp blade, is so fraught with peril that your stomach will turn) and awful moral choices. You will squirm. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film.)

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