1. How does your view of the main character change throughout the course of this film? What does this movie say about its the themes of motherhood and justice? And what do you think the mother’s small tin of acupuncture needles symbolizes?
At the start of this film, I thought that the Mother was just an average, protective mom. Maybe a little more so protective than most, but I wouldn’t blame her given her sons condition. She feels as if her son would never do anything any harm, not even a water-bug. Throughout the film though, I glimpsed a blindness to the mom. Knowing that she tried to kill them both years ago, (selfish) I think she is ignoring the fact that her son has problems, I think that he is a mirror image of her. While she is in her search for the “real” killer, and finds the old man and hears the truth, she wants to think that it is impossible. I think her natural instinct on motherhood and justice acted before she could think about what she was about to do, and therefor killed the old man.
I think that the Mother knows her son did it, and that is why she uses the acupuncture needles on herself in the end on the bus. She wants to forget all her bad memories (trying to kill her and her son years ago, her killing the old man, and the truth of her son). I think it is ironic because she was always trying to get her son to remember things, and here she is at the end of the movie… forgetting. I think the needles represent a connection between the mother and son.