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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).


Dario Argento


Dario Argento (story), Dario Argento (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Sarah Mandy
Cristian Solimeno ... Detective Enzo Marchi
Adam James ... Michael Pierce
Moran Atias ... Mater Lachrymarum
Valeria Cavalli ... Marta Colussi (as Valéria Cavalli)
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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If she lives, we all die. See more »


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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Did You Know?


Dario Argento reportedly offered the title role to Ania Pieroni, who had briefly played the same character in Inferno (1980). The actress declined the offer, on account of her age and having been retired since 1985. See more »


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?
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Alternate Versions

German version was cut by ca. 1 minute to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »


References The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) See more »


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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Gets the job done
6 November 2011 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

When The Mother of Tears and Poorly Chosen Titles, the last of three powerful witch sisters(who don't need such things as motivation, because they're Evil), is brought back and(through her minions, including, purely for increasing the silliness value(well, that's all it does do, anyway), a small monkey) begins to spread chaos, anarchy and, worst of all, Ke$ha clones, Sarah Mandy may be the only person who can stop her. Set in Rome, this is the final part of a trilogy that I realize is (in)famous, but that I have not watched the first two installments of. Thus, while I can tell that a lot(perhaps a majority) of fans find this a massive disappointment, I can't really tell. This is one of my first Dario's films, and I continue to not be that big into his style. I won't call it "bad", it may simply not really be for me. With that said, I would like to kindly request he stop giving his daughter roles. Asia isn't even necessarily a bad actress, she just seems to suck in her dad's stuff. The performances in this don't tend to be great(other than Udo Kier, who instantly heightens the fun of anything he's in... particularly something as cheesy as this). With that said, not many of them are painful to watch(unfortunately, our lead does belong in that category). Characters are reasonably likable, if they're not all terribly distinct(I got several of them mixed up, especially near the end). As with other movies with magic, one can wonder what the limitations are, and why this or that doesn't happen by virtue of someone controlling supernatural forces. It also expects you to accept religion as something inherently positive, well, the faith represented, anyway(heathens, not so much). Well, the director is from a deeply Catholic country - where the men are(supposedly; shhh...) true or celibate, and the choir boys are nervous. This can be quite creepy, and sometimes builds atmosphere. There is tension, and it is definitely unpleasant, with gruesome, brutal, graphic gore, violence and bloodshed(without becoming torture porn... we care when people are hurt, it has an impact, and it isn't lingered on, or at least not enough that I would define it as an entry into that subgenre), as well as a little nudity, sexuality and perversity. Most of this is arguably gratuitous; however, it is often effective. The FX are pretty good, and the deaths are creative and memorable. This has a nice visual style, something I understand is to be expected from Argento. The editing and cinematography raise this above other exploitative horror flicks. Not much, mind you. The plot, credibility and logic are decent(again, better than some other pictures like it). The DVD comes with a trailer for each of the following: The Boston Strangler: The Untold Story, B.T.K. and The Vanguard. I recommend this to fans of this type of thing. 6/10

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Italian | Japanese

Release Date:

31 October 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Exhumed See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,419, 8 June 2008

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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