MOTHER (2009)
MADEO
2009, Magnolia Pictures, 129 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon Ho

In a small South Korean town, an intellectually disabled man (Won Bin) follows a young woman (Moon Hee-ra) down an empty street at night; when the woman is found dead the next morning, authorities summarily charge him with the murder. Only the man’s mother (Kim Hye-ja), an unlicensed acupuncturist, is convinced of his innocence. As she pieces together the night of the murder and the cast of characters surrounding it, no measure seems too drastic to protect the son whose condition she has always lamented. Starkly shot and arrestingly unpredictable, MOTHER stretches parental love to its extremes, tempering violent passages with Bong’s characteristic flashes of humor.


BURNING
BEONING
2018, Well Go USA, 148 min, South Korea, Dir: Lee Chang-dong

BURNING is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people in his orbit: Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and Ben (Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead,” SORRY TO BOTHER YOU), a wealthy and sophisticated young man whom Haemi brings back from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale. A FIPRESCI Prize winner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.


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