New Movie, Play and Mother’s Sexual Behaviors

The DC Film Society hosted a reception and DC premiere screening of South Korea‘s Oscar nominee, Mother. Had a blast seeing the roof of the new W Hotel. The movie did little for me.

A Mother discovers the police have closed the book on her son for murder, she begins the investigation that they left behind. A Korean version of Murder She Wrote, with a developmentally disadvantaged child as the killer. Hard to take.

Even harder to take was their relationship. Son slept in the bed with Mother. Hand seized her breast. She says, “It’s late.”

If that didn’t stretch my level of acceptance of sexual choices, Studio Theater staged the play, That Face. Written by a 19-year-old English woman, the play features a violent 15 year old daughter, a father who ran off with his secretary years ago, a drunk Valium popping mentally disturbed Mother and the 18-year old son who shared her bed.

Winner of three major playwrighting awards and yet a row of middle-aged men could not stop talking and giggling. Others audibly moaned. Ushers who have been seeing tons of plays for two decades walked out with little positive to say. Was it the hopelessness of the characters or was it simply the sexuality?

The coincidence of seeing a new movie and a play with Mother son sex in three days is freaky. This Bohemian learned he has boundaries!

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