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The Mother of Tears (2008)

Asia Argento, The Mother of Tears | ASIA ARGENTO
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Details Limited Release: Jun 20, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Asia Argento

If you'd like to see, say, a disemboweling, or a limb-severing — or acts of horror so freakish and disgusting that we can't begin to describe them on this website — then look no further than The Mother of Tears. This film from legendary Italian horror auteur Dario Argento, 67, is the long-awaited climax to his loosely connected, supernaturally infused ''Three Mothers'' trilogy, which began with Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). It has taken him more than a quarter century to find his way back to it. ''I remember saying, 'I want to experience some other fields,''' he says. ''But I still enjoy shocking people a lot. This is my mission.''

The Mother of Tears stars Argento's actress-director daughter, Asia (Marie Antoinette), as an art student who, after the unearthing of a mysterious urn, is repeatedly menaced by followers of the titular evil witch. That ''Mother'' is played by model-turned-actress Moran Atias, who also appears in You Don't Mess With the Zohan this summer and spends much of her screen time in Tears walking around sans clothes. ''This was very strong sexy,'' Argento says, sounding momentarily like he's been possessed by the spirit of Borat. ''The witch is naked, like the truth. Sex and horror — I like this mixture.'' (June 6)

Originally posted Apr 21, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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