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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
Valeria 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
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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Did You Know?

Daria Nicolodi and Asia Argento are mother and daughter in real life.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the bewitched mother is on the bridge and drops the baby off the side you can see the dummy baby hit the side of the bridge and the dummies hand fly off of it and splash into the water beside the dummy's body.See more »
Mater Lacrimarum:Who wants to eat the girl?See more »
Mater LacrimarumSee more »


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31 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Red delights, 25 April 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

As the opening credits rolled by in the midst of medieval drawings, I couldn't help but wonder to myself. Is this it? Could this be it? Is this the long awaited return of the undisputed king of horror to his rightful throne? All the marks were on the wall. Asia Argento returns to the fold, and so does Claudio Simonetti (the mastermind behind Goblin and their beautiful scores for Profondo Rosso, Tenebre and Suspiria among others), Daria Nicolodi (Profondo Rosso, Inferno, Tenebre, Opera and writer of Suspiria), Coralina Cataldi Tassoni (Opera), Udo Kier (Suspiria), Sergio Stivaletti (Argento's regular SFX man since Opera) and his brother Claudio Argento producing. As if this first class ensemble from the Argento universe wasn't enough, the first tracking shot through a graveyard and above a door screams Argento and I can't help but wonder. Is this really it? As the rest of the movie unfolds, the first thing that becomes quickly obvious is that La Terza Madre is definitely not a throwback to his colourful 70's days. This is neither Suspiria nor Inferno and perhaps Argento wisely decided to distance stylistically the closing chapter of his Three Mothers trilogy instead of emulating his vintage style (and risking failure?). The movie is decidedly darker, with a DV kind of look that brings to mind his last couple of works and subtle yet effective lighting that reminded me of Mario Bava circa Black Sabbath. Not a bad thing, aye? A medieval urn that is discovered in the cemetery of Viterbo heralds the coming of the Third Mother, the powerful witch Mater Lachrimarum. As Rome is plunged into utter chaos with people committing random acts of violence in the streets, Sarah Mandy (Asia Argento) is called to battle this ancient evil.

Story-wise La Terza Madre is typically Argento-ish. Occasionally nonsensical, with a relatively weak climax that doesn't mesh well with the build-up that leads up to it and very sketchy character development and motivation. But if you're a member of the Rosso Brigades and a sworn Argento hooligan you won't let that stop you. You never did, right? This is Argento and you don't expect profound drama from his idiosynchratic blood operas. That's not why you come back for more every time. You know his stories are mere skeletons for him to hang on his stunning imagery and violence. It's the style, the set pieces, the masterful way that visuals mesh with the score, the intricate build ups that lead to beautifully staged gore. You come to his movies for that pure cinema that no one else can deliver. You always did, right?

So will you find it here? I can safely say that yes... yes you will goddammit! Of course it is not Profondo Rosso and neither Suspiria or Tenebre, but for those who have followed his career closely the past 10 years that's hardly a big surprise. This is Argento2k. Visually darker but soaked in blood and entrails and atmospheric as all get out. There's an apocalyptic air about it and combined with Simonetti's decidedly more dark-wave score (it has evolved from the 70's in similar ways as Argento has visually), it manages to be chilling enough for most of the duration. Also this may very well be his most violent and gory film to date. There are several long drawn out death scenes, gruesome and stylish that will please every blood hound out there. And the atmosphere is as dark and nightmarish as one would expect from the subject matter. Closer to Sleepless than Suspiria overall, but definitely rewarding and head and shoulders above most Hollywood horrors this decade.

Now for the bad. I didn't like the CGI. It's not that it's badly done. Far from it actually. Compared to the horrible CGI of movies with 10 times its budget like I Am Legend and The Mist, La Terza Madre is OK. I just happen to think that CGI generally cheapens a movie. So there are moments that one may find a bit silly or cheesy (such as a spectral Daria Nicolodi hovering in the air), but not as bad as other efforts. Also the climax is a bit unrewarding. After a series of gruesome gore scenes the ending is a bit too hastily put together. And the Mother of Tears is just not menacing or chilling enough. Another actress (decidedly older) should have played the part in this reviewer's opinion. Also the dialogue and character decisions may appear a bit childish or nonsensical, but again that's something I can live with in an Argento movie.

As the ending credits rolled by I asked myself again. Is this it? Well... probably not. At least it is not a 70's throwback nor is it as monumental as Suspiria. It's the closure of old affairs with new style and attitude. Think how Sleepless upgraded his giallo style for the new millennium. La Terza Madre does the same for his supernatural horror. Personally speaking, I'm just glad he's still able to make a damn good horror movie. His 70's gems will always be there so the man gets carte blanche from me to take his style wherever he wants. As long as the results are this good I have no reason to complain. He's probably the last of the masters of horror from his generation that still has it in him. As far as I'm concerned, even mediocre Argento is better than 90% of today's horror. And this is very good Argento...

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