MOTHER (2009)
MADEO
2009, Magnolia Pictures, 129 min, South Korea, Dir: Bong Joon-Ho

In a small South Korean town, an intellectually disabled man (Won Bin) follows a young woman (Moon Hee-ra) down an empty street at night; when the woman is found dead the next morning, authorities summarily charge him with the murder. Only the man’s mother (Kim Hye-ja), an unlicensed acupuncturist, is convinced of his innocence. As she pieces together the night of the murder and the cast of characters surrounding it, no measure seems too drastic to protect the son whose condition she has always lamented. Starkly shot and arrestingly unpredictable, MOTHER stretches parental love to its extremes, tempering violent passages with Bong’s characteristic flashes of humor.


THE REALM
EL REINO
2018, Latido, 132 min, Spain/France, Dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

On the heels of his Academy Award-nominated short film “Madre,” filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen delivers an indictment of moral degradation in Spain’s halls of power. When the illicit dealings of a regional politician (Antonio de la Torre) fall under public scrutiny, the repercussions are far-reaching. His bid for higher office derailed, the antihero sets off down a collision course with his own party to protect himself at all costs. Winner of seven Goya Awards, including best director, best actor, and best original screenplay, EL REINO affords a gripping portrait of ambition and survival in a land beset by governmental intrigue.


BLOOD ON HER NAME
2019, 85 min, USA, Dir: Matthew Pope

Taut, lean, and incredibly tense, Matthew Pope’s stunning debut is a tour de force, slow-burn crime thriller starring Ozark’s Bethany Anne Lind as Leigh Tiller, who has killed a man in self-defense as the film opens. Fueled by panic, she initially plans to dump the body into a nearby pond. But faced with the moral dilemma of causing the man's family the eternal suffering that comes with the declaration of “presumed dead,” she instead tries to find a way to return his body to them, while concealing her involvement in his death.


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