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Mother of Bores is a more appropriate title for Dario Argento’s final movie from the Three Mothers trilogy. Almost 30 years have passed since the second film, Inferno, was released, yet so much is missing in this third installment. The storyline is disconnected and the usually vibrant visuals are practically nonexistent. In an attempt at modern day filmmaking, Argento unsuccessfully uses computer-generated effects which ruined most of the experience for me. I was especially disturbed by Daria Nicolodi’s cameo which can only be described as an exceedingly irritating apparition who does nothing for the story except provide a few laughs at how ridiculous she appears. Along the same lines, Asia Argento provides a performance that leaves much to be desired for her character, Sarah Mandy. From her first line until her last, you’re very aware that she is acting. There was virtually no connection to the unfolding plot and the character of Sarah. As for the third mother, it’s useless to bring her into a review where she was clearly not the star of the movie, despite her title role as the Mother of Tears. A few glimpses of her devious and mildly gruesome acts are caught every now and again, but the focus remains on Sarah’s journey that leads to nowhere. Ultimately, this movie left me on the edge of my seat, not because of tension, but more so because I was waiting the entire movie to get to the good parts only to be disappointed with such an abrupt ending that I thought it was still mid-movie until the credits started rolling. What did her true identity have to do with the “final battle”? I guess we’ll never know.


Having seen both Suspira and Inferno, I appreciated that both movies shared a visual aspect and storyline that Mother of Tears completely lacks. Even after watching behind-the-scenes footage, I’m not convinced that Argento truly believes that this film can in any way hold up to its predecessors. Hardcore Argento fans will probably say that I just don’t understand what he was trying to convey, but the final film in a much loved trilogy should really leave you with a sense of satisfaction as opposed to asking even more questions than you started with. If you still want to watch this movie, approach with caution and don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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