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The Mother of TearsThe movies of Dario Argento, the Italian maestro of gore, are lurching and awkward, full of stilted premonitions of the occult. Yet his lavishly baroque...The Mother of TearsSci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and ThrillerPT97MUnratedThe movies of Dario Argento, the Italian maestro of gore, are lurching and awkward, full of stilted premonitions of the occult. Yet his lavishly baroque...2008-06-06Jun IchikawaUdo KierJun Ichikawa, Udo Kier
Asia Argento, The Mother of Tears

(Franco Bellomo)

B-

The Mother of Tears

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Asia Argento, Jun Ichikawa, Udo Kier; Director: Dario Argento; Author: Dario Argento, Jace Anderson; Release Date Limited: 06/20/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: Unrated

The movies of Dario Argento, the Italian maestro of gore, are lurching and awkward, full of stilted premonitions of the occult. Yet his lavishly baroque mutilation scenes aren’t just murders — they’re high cinematic sacrifices, flooded with what feels like the blood of pagan ritual. In The Mother of Tears, the last installment of the ”witch trilogy” that began, three decades ago, with Suspiria, an excavated urn unleashes a torrent of homicidal madness in Rome. As a lissome art restorer, Asia Argento (the director’s daughter) comes off as the sanest human on screen, which is pretty scary. B-

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