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The Whore's Son (2004)

Cast: Chulpan Khamatova, Chulpan Khamatova, Miki Manojlovic, more...
Director: Michael Sturminger, Michael Sturminger
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Studio: Picture This
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Germany
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: German, Croatian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A sullen Viennese boy longing for the affection of his neglectful mother determines to find out just why his neighbors scornfully refer to him as a "whore's son" in director Michael Sturminger's Oedipal-oriented drama. When Ozren was just a child, his mother Silvija (Chulpan Khamatova) always told him that she supported the family by working nights as a waitress. As the years went by and the comments made by his neighbors led Ozren to question his mother's true profession, his needs for parental companionship continued to go unfulfilled despite the close relationships shared with his religious Aunt Ljiljana and his worldly Uncle Ante. Now, with only one piece of the puzzle missing in his eye-opening education, Ozren prepares to remove the blinders and find out just where his mother has been going when glides out the door each evening dressed in lavish furs and revealing miniskirts. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

What's in a Name? by talltale September 20, 2006 - 3:07 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The delicately titled German film THE WHORE'S SON (I suppose "The Fallen Woman's Offspring" just doesn't cut it) is all about--surprise--a whore's son, his mom and their extended family. The fact that most of these people hail from the former Yugoslavia adds timeliness and a whiff of tragedy to the proceedings. If only the film were a little more restrained and a little less "stylish" (particularly in its over-the-top finale).

Still, we must take what we are served, and the movie moves along, clippity-clop, with attractive actors and one very hot sex scene. The trailer for this one might lead you to believe that the young man doesn't learn about his mom's occupation until.... Hello: he's known since just post-infancy--which makes him appear (along with those trailer-makers) to be a bit slow. As the kid's honorary "uncle," Miki Manojlovic ("Underground" and maybe every third foreign film you've seen) is as wonderful as ever.

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