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DVD review: Mother of Tears

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All things considered, Mother of Tears could so easily have been a much worse film than it is. As a conclusion to the Three Mothers trilogy, it’s not even remotely satisfying, paying lip service to various plot elements from the previous entries but failing to continue their thematic concerns in anything but the most superficial manner. Taken on its own terms, however, you have a pacey and at times very entertaining romp through various pieces of 70s and 80s horror iconography, bolstered by some stand-out set-pieces and gung-ho violence. It’s something of a reflection of how much times have changed that I can honestly say I enjoyed a Dario Argento film more as a fast, silly rollercoaster ride than as a work of art, but I prefer to look upon this as a “glass half full” endeavour. No, it’s not Suspiria or Inferno, but nor is it the disaster it could have been.

Three decades after starting his Three Mothers trilogy, Dario Argento comes full circle with Mother of Tears. I review Optimum’s R2 UK release.

 
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Reviews

 
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1.

I think I'll wait for the R1 release. If the movie itself isn't that good, I can at least wait for a release which (hopefully) has some bonus materials.

Posted by: Peter von Frosta, April 24, 2008 2:41 PM

2.

Great review Michael.

Posted by: avanze, April 24, 2008 5:53 PM

3.

"Dario Argento comes full circle with Mother of Tears."

Full circle? Sorry but MOT simply doesnt deserve to be in the same ctegory as SUSPIRIA and INFERNO. Its a terrible film in every aspect! Sure its not as bad as some of his recent films but thats not saying much!

Obi-Wan Daria?
Fake boobed Mother of Tears?
Terrible plot written by a 10 years old!

A shame...
This movie should never have been made in the first place.

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 25, 2008 1:35 AM

4.

The family/autobiographical aspect linked to Daria's character is interesting (it is linked subtly to Argento's family past) but her special effect wasn't very good,i agree (especially her last scene!)

I liked the idea of a top model witch,and crazy looking witches...we are in 2008,aren't we?

In SUSPIRIA the witch was a grandma and in INFERNO the witch was a skeleton!

We are in the "Me" era (like we were in the 80's),superficial,hollow,full of empty pop good looking starlets,so the idea of silly witches with big (fake) breasts was clever and tongue in cheek,IMO

Posted by: Guillaume, April 25, 2008 10:48 AM

5.

Was that Claudio Argento in one of the photographs Sarah is looking at of Nicolodi (I suppose its inferred that he's supposed to be her father)?

Also, am I the only one who thought the end credits song (the song itself aside) on both the 5.1 and 2.0 tracks was rather kind of lacking in, well, presence.

"I liked the idea of a top model witch,and crazy looking witches...we are in 2008,aren't we?"

Atias looks so much better in the magazine photos on her imdb page than she does in the film.

Its too bad the film wasn't made in the eighties with Ania Pieroni reprising her role from INFERNO (watching SUSPIRIA again recently, I thought Barbara Magnolfi who played Olga would've also been an interesting witch).

SPOILER ALERT!

"We are in the "Me" era (like we were in the 80's),superficial,hollow,full of empty pop good looking starlets,so the idea of silly witches with big (fake) breasts was clever and tongue in cheek,IMO"

Anyone notice her reaction when the "talisman" was ripped off of her. It looked like she was instinctively going to cover herself. Its like "Okay, NOW you're being modest?"

Posted by: , April 30, 2008 4:10 PM

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