The Mother of Tears (2008) 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… 2008-06-20 Unrated PT97M Mystery and Thriller Sci-fi and Fantasy Asia Argento Jun Ichikawa Udo Kier
Movie Review

The Mother of Tears (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Asia Argento, The Mother of Tears | WHAT'S A ROMAN URN? Asia Argento is an art restorer dealing with a deadly excavated artifact in the final installment of her director-dad Dario's ''witch…
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WHAT'S A ROMAN URN? Asia Argento is an art restorer dealing with a deadly excavated artifact in the final installment of her director-dad Dario's ''witch trilogy,'' The Mother of Tears
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Jun 20, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 97 Minutes; Genres: Mystery and Thriller, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Asia Argento

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-

Originally posted Jun 06, 2008 Published in issue #997 Jun 13, 2008 Order article reprints