Franco Bellomo
Owen Gleiberman
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Mother of Tears

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/20/08
performer
Asia Argento, Jun Ichikawa, Udo Kier
director
Dario Argento
author
Dario Argento, Jace Anderson
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

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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