Madeo

Every mother loves her children, no matter how bad and fucked up they are, a mother’s love can be much more bigger than all the world’s cruelty. A confirmation of this statement can be found in the plot of Joon-ho Bong’s “Madeo”.

 

Plot Summary (thanks to imdb.com):

A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it’s his mother’s call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.

 

If you are familiar with Bong’s filmography you can find structural similarities between Mother and Memories of  Murder. The movie starts very slowly with raw observations that reveal the settlement that the characters of the movie find themselves in. After that the movie speeds up to suck you in for the rest of its length, you will be hypnotized until the last scene. This is a great crime-thriller-drama crossover wit a jaw-drop effect at the end, that shows how wide the spectrum of mother’s love can be (and is my personal recommendation if you look for a movie to screen on Mother’s Day).

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Flaming Star

We have Navajo – Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe

We have Apache- Burt Lancaster in The Apache

and we have our third Hollywood-Indian:

Half breed  Kiowa – Elvis in The Flaming Star.

The movie itself is a good quality Don Siegel western with songs, shooting, stampede and stabbing (interracial love affair included).

however it’s far away form Rio Bravo.

 

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The aftermath

After watching this film for the 2nd time, I can confirm that this is one of not many great Polish movies that came out in 2012. It’s also a great comeback for W. Pasikowski, who made his last full feature film in 2001.

THE STORY

Uncovering a WWII crime is not a brand new idea, but if you settle the story in an appropriate way and let it unfold as a good thriller’s story should unfold, you’re gonna get a riveting and hypnotizing mixture, that is really hard to create.

These criteria are definitely fulfilled when it comes to story line in “Pokłosie”. The well done editing gives also a nice pace to it.

THE CAST

The characters had been casted really wisely, you don’t get distracted by retarded mainstream actors, we get harsh, authentic and credible artistic creations instead.
There are few great cameos in the film, like the one of D.Szaflarska.

THE HOWEVERS

Few scenes are so grandiloquent and exalted, that they can be interpreted as a bit tawdry and corny by few more-demanding-viewers. (But I haven’t found many of them – some of them recalled the VW-Bus car chase scene in “Psy 2” with orchestral background music).
We also have few cliche-characters and cliche-oppositions, but they don’t spoil the film in a significant way.

THE THANK YOU

Thank you Mr. Pasikowski for this exceptional film,

and for reminding me of the barn scene in this film and of the film itself.

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