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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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Dario Argento (story), Dario Argento (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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:

Myriad Pictures | Official site | See more »

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

Runtime:

(unrated) | | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Mater Lacrimarum: Who wants to eat the girl?
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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

Referenced in Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop (2011) 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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Poor acting and no "Argento look"
5 January 2009 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

MOT is a competent film, but not something that I think Argento should be proud of. As other reviewers have pointed out, the rich color palettes and clever cinematography of the early Argento are nearly absent from this film. There is more gore and it is more competently done, but it does not have the desired shock value, since it doesn't seem random and the viewer is not as disoriented as with Argento's earlier films.

The story is satisfactory and fits in with the other two "Mother" films fairly well. The script is mundane and the dialogue doesn't seem to have any passion.

The biggest problems are the casting and acting. Nearly all of the actors start chewing the scenery as soon as they are introduced. Udo Kier is perhaps the worst offender in this respect. Moran Atias, in her final scene, is simply awful...artificial and totally unbelievable.

Which brings us to Asia Argento. What can I say? Her acting can best be described as "often competent." But the lead in a film of this sort has to be more than that. I just never developed any belief in Asia as her character. No belief means no sympathy. No sympathy means no drama, as I'm not really concerned about her.

If you like Argento, or if you've seen the other two "Mother" movies, then you should probably see MOT. If you are looking for an introduction to Argento's work, this is not the place to start.


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