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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Mother of Tears (2007)

The conclusion to Dario Argento's Three Mothers trilogy arrived twenty-seven years after its predecessor (Inferno (1980)), and while it's good to finally have the triumvirate fully represented, Mater Lachrymarum's story doesn't come anywhere close to being the equal of the other two.
The very modern settings are beautifully framed a lot of the time, and the way the camera pursues Asia through the architecture is reminiscent of earlier works, but it lacks the stylish visuals we've come to expect. Even Claudio Simonetti's score, something that could've helped maintain the personality of the previous films, is a departure from the style.
About twenty minutes before the end we get a glimpse of the highly atmospheric work we should've had throughout, but even it doesn't last.

2½ witch gifts out of 5

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