The Whore's Son (2006)


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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, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Whore's Son

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

It's reasonable, of course, for a teenager to misunderstand his mother. But The Whore's Son doesn't comprehend her any better than her son does.

Jun 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tale of mother worship nicely sets its protags within multiple contexts as outsiders, but is kept from taking off by poor motivations and a nagging naivete in the over-innocent title character.

Jun 8, 2006 | Full Review…
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Despite a contrived creakiness in the plot, a climax all too broadly hinted at in the opening scene and the occasional dive into blowzy-hooker cliché, some characters are nicely observed.

Jun 8, 2006

The slicing camerawork of Fassbinder/Haneke collaborator Jurgen Jurges underscores the bitter message: We don't always know what we want from our parents, only what we're not getting.

May 2, 2006

The story should have been allowed to unfold naturally, from start to finish, without disclosing where it was headed right from the get-go.

Apr 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

... a low-key Austrian drama that, as the title hints, dusts off Coming of Age Plot No. 16C, with modestly entertaining results.

Apr 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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