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Mother of Tears (2007)

La terza madre (original title)
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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).

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Dario Argento
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tommaso Banfi ... Father Milesi
Paolo Stella Paolo Stella ... Julian
Clive Riche ... Man in Overcoat
Massimo Sarchielli ... The Hobo
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Storyline

An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the city. All these events are caused by the return of Mater Lacrimarum, the last of three powerful witches who have been spreading terror and death for centuries. Alone against an army of psychos and demons, Sarah Mandy, an art student who seems to have supernatural abilities of her own, is the only person left to prevent the Mother of Tears from destroying Rome. Written by Max Borg

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If she lives, we all die. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 October 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Exhumed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,419, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$58,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,119,957, 17 July 2008
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Technical Specs

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(unrated) | | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first screening of the film's trailer took place at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. On the same occasion, a restored print of Suspiria (1977) was shown in the Cannes Classics section. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sarah Mandy: I need to find the Mother of Tears!
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Alternate Versions

The Dimesion Extreme edition comes in both an Unrated and R-rated cut. The R-rated version removes roughly three-minutes of footage throughout the film, shortening many of the scenes of gore and cutting out some of the more graphic sexual acts and full-frontal female nudity. See more »

Connections

References Phenomena (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Mater Lacrimarum
Music by Claudio Simonetti
Lyrics by Dani Filth
Performed by Daemonia (Claudio Simonetti: keyboards, Bruno Previtali: guitar, Federico Amorosi: bass, Titta Tani: drums)
Vocal featuring Dani Filth by courtesy of Roadrunner Records
Published by Simonetti Productions S.a.s./Cradle of Filth Music Ltd/Market s.r.l.
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Argento's best since 'Suspiria'........seriously!
7 September 2007 | by quiller1See all my reviews

Who would think that, almost 40 years later, Argento has perfected his craft! Never has one of his films had acting so solid, storytelling so cohesive. It's also one of his scariest films, and the effects have never been better.

Upon the opening of a long-buried urn containing several ancient artifacts, a terror and chaos is unleashed upon Rome that soon becomes referred to as "the second fall". Asia Argento plays Sarah, a woman who works in a museum who is very skeptical of the occult, even after she discovers she has some exceptional powers. After witnessing a grizzly murder, the ominous kidnapping of a friend's son, and a group of witches that seem intent on killing her, she goes on a quest to find the cause behind the madness and discover the extent of the powers she has. Along the way she is aided by historians and priests, most notably Udo Kier who turns in a short but fun performance.

Meanwhile, in Rome and the Italian countryside, people are inexplicably committing suicide in large numbers, committing random acts of vandalism, or killing their friends and even children, as if guided by a malevolent invisible hand.

Although there is a bit of hammy dialog and a couple weaker characters (the detective, for one), most of the characters and dialog are believable, and the pacing is perfect. Still giving an artistic touch to the violence but employing a bit more realism, there are two kill scenes in particular that rival anything Argento has previously put on the screen. Along with 'Suspiria', 'Deep Red' and 'Opera', undoubtedly one of Argento's best.


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