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Mother of Tears (2007) More at IMDbPro »La terza madre (original title)

Mother of Tears -- Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).


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Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Asia Argento ... Sarah Mandy
Cristian Solimeno ... Detective Enzo Marchi

Adam James ... Michael Pierce

Moran Atias ... Mater Lachrymarum
Valéria Cavalli ... Marta Colussi
Philippe Leroy ... Guglielmo De Witt
Daria Nicolodi ... Elisa Mandy

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni ... Giselle Mares

Udo Kier ... Father Johannes

Robert Madison ... Detective Lissoni

Jun Ichikawa ... Katerina
Tommaso Banfi ... Father Milesi
Paolo Stella ... Julian
Clive Riche ... Man in Overcoat
Massimo Sarchielli ... The Hobo
Barbara Mautino ... Valeria

Gisella Marengo ... Catacomb Witch #1
Marica Coco ... Catacomb Witch #2
Diego Bottiglieri ... Indian
Franco Leo ... Monsignor Brusca
Silvia Rubino ... Elga
Claudio Fadda ... Demon #1
Roberto Donati ... Demon #2
Gianni Gatta ... Demon #3
Luca Pescatore ... Paul Pierce
Alessandro Zeme ... Luigi
Antonio Pescatore ... Plainclothes Detective
Stefano Fregni ... Taxi Driver
Simonetta Solder ... Young Mother
James Kelly Caldwell ... TV Announcer
Simone Sitta ... Witch Guide
Daniela Fazzolari ... Witch
Alessandra Magrini ... Witch
Camilla Gallo ... Witch
Maria Biondini ... Witch
Federica Botto ... Witch
Serena Brusa ... Witch
Eleonora Marcucci ... Witch
Eleonora Misiti ... Witch
Rebecca Perlati ... Witch
Ivana Zimbaro ... Witch
Araba Dell'Utri ... Witch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lynn Swanson ... Gray Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jace Anderson 
Dario Argento 
Walter Fasano 
Adam Gierasch 
Simona Simonetti 

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Dario Argento .... producer
Marina Berlusconi .... producer
Tommaso Calevi .... line producer
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Giulia Marletta .... producer
Lee Wilson .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Claudio Simonetti 
Cinematography by
Frederic Fasano 
Film Editing by
Walter Fasano 
Casting by
Morgana Bianco 
Production Design by
Francesca Bocca 
Valentina Ferroni 
Art Direction by
Gretel Fatibene 
Set Decoration by
Maria Castrovilli 
Costume Design by
Ludovica Amati 
Makeup Department
Carlo Diamantini .... prosthetic makeup artist
Paola Gattabrusi .... makeup artist
Giorgio Gregorini .... hair department head
Chiara Ugolini .... key makeup artist
Luca Vannella .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Alessio Angelucci .... unit manager
Nilo Argento .... unit manager
Irma Misantoni .... post-production supervisor
Giorgio Turletti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alvise Barbaro .... second second assistant director
Gioia Casale Cambria .... second second assistant director
Laura Greco .... second second assistant director
Ruben Mazzoleni .... second second assistant director
Luca Padrini .... second assistant director
Leopoldo Pescatore .... first assistant director
Nicola Rondolino .... second unit director
Art Department
Giuseppe Cagnoni .... property master
Giuseppe Cancellara .... construction coordinator
Andrew Domachowski .... lead concept artist
Viviana Lo Russo .... assistant painter
Mario Scarzella .... rigging props
Santo Spalla .... painter
Davide De Stefano .... conceptual artist
Andrea Ullo .... painter
Sound Department
Federico Amodio .... sound effects editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound mixer
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Emanuela Di Giunta .... sound editor
Marco Lazzaro .... boom operator
Umberto Montesanti .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects
David Bracci .... special effects makeup assistant
Carlo Diamantini .... sculptor
Sergio Stivaletti .... special makeup effects
Visual Effects by
Christopher Ahrens .... visual effects artist
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Stefano Camberini .... digital intermediate editor
Jayson Castro .... visual effects production assistant
Bob Dewald .... digital effects editor
Michael Goddard .... visual effects
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor
Todd Liddiard .... digital compositor
Lionel Lim .... digital compositor
Adam Marisett .... visual effects artist
Mathieu-Xavier Mauser .... systems administrator
Mladen Miholjcic .... senior CGI artist: Anthem Visual Effects
Stephen Paschke .... digital effects artist
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... data management
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... digital film recording
Les Quinn .... visual effects artist
Bryce Rieger .... digital compositor
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer: Anthem Visual Effects (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Sergio Stivaletti .... special makeup effects
Julie Sweetin .... digital artist (as Julie Bergman)
Philippe Thibault .... digital compositor
Paolo Verrucci .... digital intermediate colorist
Jonah West .... compositor
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
David Ambrosi .... stunt coordinator
Gionata Marzeddu .... stunt rigger
Stefano Maria Mioni .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcello Bellini .... grip
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer (as Franco Bellomo)
Vito Brunetti .... electrician
Massimo Cecchini .... electrician
Giovanni Coacci .... grip
Alessandro Colini .... grip
Marco Contaldo .... gaffer
Christian Di Fazio .... grip
Danilo Di Palma .... electrician
Maurizio di Stefano .... electrician
Gianluca Fava .... first assistant camera
Alessio Federico Fugolo .... grip
Alias Gallione .... second assistant camera
Giovanni Gebbia .... Steadicam operator
Giovanni Gebbia .... camera operator
Giuseppe Ieva .... grip
Paolo Jacobucci .... electrician (as Paolo Iacobucci)
Emanuele Leurini .... second assistant camera
Paolo Mariotti .... grip
Stefano Meloni .... second assistant camera
Saverio Moggio .... grip
Paolo Monetti .... electrician
Massimo Moreschini .... electrician
Adriano Francesco Necco .... electrician (as Adriano Necco)
Alessio Pasqua .... video assist
Antonio Petracca .... grip
Massimo Rinella .... key grip
Francesco Saccani .... grip
Marco Sandano .... electrician
Cristiano Sergioli .... generator operator
Daniele Verdenelli .... electrician
Casting Department
Helena Palmer .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Salvatrice Amendiola .... seamstress (as Salvatrice Amendolia)
Antonella Balsamo .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Simone Fontana .... digital intermediate editor
Sarah McTeigue .... first assistant editor
Irma Misantoni .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Carla Alonzo .... production secretary
Enrico Altea .... runner: Roma
Morgana Bianco .... crowd marshall: Torino
Mara Cereda .... production coordinator
Maria Rita Gagliano .... assistant accountant
Danilo Goglio .... production secretary
Nancy Heller .... office manager: Anthem Visual Effects
Marcello Lanza .... accountant
Raffaella Liquori .... crowd marshall: Torino
Giacomo Mancini .... runner: Terni
Daniele Morini .... runner: Torino
Luigi Piccarreta .... runner: Terni
Laura Saurini .... assistant bookkeeper
Fernanda Selvaggi .... script supervisor
Marco Spoletini .... crowd marshall: Roma
Lynn Swanson .... dialogue coach
Erika Taloni .... bookkeeper
Cristina Vecchio .... runner: Torino
Umberto Vergano .... runner: Torino

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La terza madre" - Italy (original title)
"Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" - International (English title)
"Suspiria Terza" - Japan (English title) (short title)
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Rated R for strong graphic violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity
USA:102 min (unrated version) | Canada:98 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:90 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Daria Nicolodi and Asia Argento are mother and daughter in real life.See more »
Continuity: When Giselle and Sarah open the urn. The overhead shots shows Giselle handing each item to Sarah. In the side shots Giselle is taking them from Sarah and setting them aside.See more »
Mater Lacrimarum:Who wants to eat the girl?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)See more »
Mater LacrimarumSee more »


What are the differences between the R-Rated and Unrated Version?
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134 out of 197 people found the following review useful.
Dear Dario,, 16 June 2008
Author: doctorprogress from NYC, United States

I know this is going to be hard for you to hear, but I have to get this off of my chest: I'm leaving you.

We had a good run for years, but now its time to move on. I'm not going to patronize you by using the tired "its not you - its me" cliché. In fact, it IS you. You've changed, and I'm not in love with your movies anymore.

In the early days, we had a blast. Your films were artistic, original, vibrant, gory and scary. They were lush with complex themes woven into horror films that broadened my mind...

In the Eighties, we had a rocky period. Your films became sloppy and convoluted. Yes, the honeymoon was over - but we still stuck it out. I had faith that we (you) could work through this and get back in the game.

Towards the end of the millennium, you did have your flashes of brilliance - glimpses of our blissful beginnings... Sadly, as I now see, those were merely the final stages of your decline. Your brief and violent death throes before truly going off the rails.

I am writing to you now after seeing "Mother of Tears." I had such high hopes for us again!! All the planets were aligned: Late night screening - full house - open mind - belly full of tequila and lime... and the NEW DARIO ARGENTO FILM!!! What could possibly go wrong! Then it starts... Gore right off the bat! Then witches!! THEN a very wicked little monkey!! This is going to be great!

Then... oh god, then.... I'm not sure when it started exactly, but at some point pretty early on the plot twisted off into nowhere - followed shortly thereafter by any pretense of acting. I mean - I love a b-flick, but this was just pathetic. Especially when you know everyone can do better. (Oh, Udo, my secret Lover... Why? WHY???)

What bothers me the most was that it seemed that you, Dario - the once great horror maestro- didn't care about this one. Where was the signature color palate? Why would you let the one of the brilliant Goblin boys write one great Argento-esquire piece, followed by half an hour of hackery?

I hate to say it, but after your last three flops - I'm done. Thanks for the great years, Dario, but you and I are through.

We'll always have the 70's, my Love. And I will remember them, and you, fondly. Good bye, Dario.

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