Tag Archives: Mother and Son

The Hole in the Ground (2019) ☆☆(2/4): He doesn’t feel like her son…

Right from its very first shot, “The Hole in the Ground” is fully shrouded in moody and ominous ambience, and that is one of a few good things I can say about the film. As initially sensing that something bad … Continue reading

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Ben Is Back (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): When her addict son is back

“Ben Is Back” works best when it focuses on the troubled family relationship between its two main characters. As they struggle to do their best despite their longtime problem which will not be easily solved, the movie handles their circumstance … Continue reading

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Stella’s Last Weekend (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two Brothers and a Girl

“Stella’s Last Weekend” is a modest but enjoyable mix between family comedy and romance drama. While sometimes predictable and contrived, the movie is funny and engaging mainly thanks to the unaffected chemistry among its main cast members, and I had … Continue reading

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In Between Seasons (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): With her son’s boyfriend

South Korean “In Between Seasons” is a mild but sensitive drama which respects and cares about its two main characters who have been close to each other but then suddenly come to confront an invisible gap between them. As carefully … Continue reading

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Mothers (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): As they become a family

South Korean film “Mothers”, which is released as “Your Request” in South Korea, is an intimate character drama about the emotional journey of two different characters who happen to live together by accident. While calmly establishing the emotional distance between … Continue reading

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James White (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): He is a mess – and his mother is sick

Patiently following and observing its flawed young hero, “James White” shows us a painful but inevitable process of late maturation. He has looked away from what he does not want to deal with for years, but then something happens to … Continue reading

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A Monster Calls (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A typical but solid fairy tale of grief and anger

“A Monster Calls” is a fairy tale which knows how to engage and enchant its audiences. While its story may be typical and predictable in terms of narrative and characterization, it impresses us with a number of nice fantasy elements … Continue reading

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