CANNES SCREENING LEADS TO TALK OF U.S. REMAKE
Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells caught a screening of Bong Joon Ho's Mother yesterday at Cannes, and called it "a richly stylized Brian De Palma-esque thriller about a mom who mightily endeavors to prove that her mentally handicapped son, accused of killing a young girl, is innocent." Wells continued:
There's no doubting that Bong Joon Ho is a De Palma devotee in the same way that De Palma was a Hitchcock acolyte in the '70s and '80s. Mother was by far the most interesting sit because of his immaculate and exacting composition of each and every element. The result is consistently flourishy and at times operatic -- deliberately unnatural, conspicuously acted, very much a director's film. Ho is coming, however, from a fairly well-worn genre place, although I'll give him points for delivering a surprising third-act twist. The talk is that Mother should be remade for the U.S. market with a name actress in her late '40s or early '50s in the title role.
Let's just say we're looking forward to seeing Mother, but much less so the remake...