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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:

Claudio Coreno ... Demon (uncredited)

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
Davide Melini .... trainee 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?

Udo Kier played "Dr. Frank Mandel" in Suspiria in 1977 and returned to the Three Mothers trilogy 30 years later in this film, though as a different character, "Padre Johannes".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 »
Sarah Mandy:I need to find the Mother of Tears!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in FantastiCozzi (2016)See more »
Mater LacrimarumSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Let's just pretend this didn't happen..., 15 July 2009
Author: Stay_away_from_the_Metropol from Minnesota, USA

This was one of the biggest disappointments for me in a long time.

If you've ever heard the name Dario Argento - it's probably because in 1977 he crafted one of the most stylish and genuinely creepy horror movies of all time, called "Suspiria". It's one of my personal favorite movies of all time, from one of my favorite directors. If you can appreciate horror, or even if you can't but you're an open minded person, I suggest you give SUSPIRIA an hour and a half of your life because it's unlike any other horror experience you will ever have.

SUSPIRIA was intended to be the first movie in a series of three, known as the "Three Mothers Trilogy". After Argento's crowning achievement, he did the 2nd in the series in 1980 which was called "Inferno". Although Inferno was just as stylish and just as mysterious, it was not quite as effective or fulfilling as Suspiria in the end. Yet, it is still a bizarre cult classic. The soundtrack from Keith Emerson is probably even better than the movie itself.

Anyways...Argento decided to hold off from finishing off the trilogy, and ended up holding off for 30 YEARS..., so finally in 2007 he decided it was time to create the finale, The Mother of Tears.

What can I say? There are maybe one or two gratuitous murders that are worthy of the Argento name, specifically the very first in the movie which comes out of nowhere and may have you clenching your mouth to make sure your teeth are still there. It is always lovely to see Argento bringing back actors and actresses from classic Italian horror films - in this case it's Coralina Cataldi from his awesome 1987 film, Opera, and the roller-coaster ride that is DEMONS 2.

Aside from a few memorable deaths, this movie really has almost NOTHING to offer. It is nice to see someone making movies about black magic, demons, and sorcery since no one else really does that anymore. The concepts are wonderful but unfortunately NOTHING is pulled off effectively here.

For one, the CGI totally abolishes the legitimacy of the movie. It's some of the cheesiest CGI i've had to bare with in some time. I figured Argento would be smarter than this - but then again, he is getting really, really old...

Asia Argento (the director's daughter and lead actress) can act but she isn't given much to work with here. The script, as usual with Argento's films, is the weakest part. The dialogue is far too basic to keep your emotions invested in the characters. No one else stands out as a particularly great performer either.

The saddest thing of all is that the movie completely lacks atmosphere. The setting and atmosphere was always the absolute BEST part of the director's classic films. And the fact that one of my favorite bands of all time, Goblin, provided the majority of soundtracks heavily added to that. But they've been out of the picture since his 2001 movie, Sleepless. The sets were completely plain and in no way stand out. I appreciated the shots of the creepy old mansion like building towards the very end, but even that building looked fake and CGI-induced...and it was clear that it was not actually filmed there - which took a lot away from the entire finale.

The finale was probably the most depressing part. It felt extremely rushed, and aside from that, the "lead villain" who is supposed to be "the most evil of the three mothers" was SO half assed. A good looking chick with nice tits and some black make up around her eyes?????? c'mon!!!!!!! what IS this?!?!?! I wanted to laugh at it but was way too saddened by the film overall to have a good time with it. And then all of a sudden, it's over...

I was so let down!

I guess I'll have to depend on Asia Argento to make good movies instead from now on. Her last one, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, was a masterpiece of it's own kind!!! See it!

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