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The Whore's Son (Unrated)

Release Date: April 28th, 2006 (Quad Cinema) by Picture This! Entertainment.
The Cast: Stanislav Lisnic, Chulpan Khamatova, Miki Manojlovic, Ina Gogálová, Georg Friedrich.
Directed by Michael Sturminger.
In German with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A teenager named Ozren (Lisnic) comes-of-age when he realizes that his mother (Khamatova) is a prostitute.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Whore’s Son would have been much more surprising and engaging if the audience were to know as much about Ozren’s mother as Ozren knows. Instead, director and co-writer Michael Sturminger makes it obvious that she’s not a waitress like she tells Ozren when he’s little. She forgets to attend, like she promised, his Christmas show at school. Obviously, he doesn’t get enough attention from her. Flashing forward to his teenage years in the second act, he gradually discovers the truth while working as a cleaner at the brothel. Unfortunately, the screenplay doesn’t allow for much in terms of character development—Ozren seems too emotionless and stylized as a character. His only friend is his manager (Friedrich), who had showed him his first glimpse of what prostitutes do through a peephole when he was younger. Ozren has his eye on a beautiful yet troubled new girl in class, but nothing really happens between them. It would have been interesting if she would have spent time with him and talked to him about what he’s feeling—he has nobody else to express them to. The third act gets too over-the-top while Ozren’s actions seem out-of-character rather than true-to-life and believable.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Minimal character development and a dull, unsurprising plot.


IN A NUTSHELL: Unimaginative with weak character development and an unsurprising plot that leaves you with an empty, cold feeling.


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