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This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. Written by
I was just lucky enough to see this at the Gene Siskel theater today, and I honestly think this is a case of a movie done by a master and it feeling more special than it truly is due to it's scarcity. It's truly horrible.
The movie has many fatal flaws. The biggest is there's no actual drama, because the main character doesn't face any adversity. She's just a whiny woman who's upset with her lot in life, but too unmotivated to change it, and instead mopes around a lot.
The story also has a very odd pacing. The moral dilemmas are sped through rather quickly while details of irrelevant plans are seen through each tedious step.
There's also very little characterization of the supporting characters, which makes most of them very tedious and boring. There either should have been less characters, so they could have been developed more, or more, so as to avoid the, "oh great, here's this guy to waste our time again" syndrome.
I'm sure some people will think I'm unrefined for not liking this movie, but I honestly thought it was awful in about every way a movie can be. If it's someone else's cup of tea, power to them, then.
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