Another Look at Mother

Time & distance grants one the objectivity needed to successfully account for a narrative's key story points.

While putting together the analysis for the 2009 South Korean thriller Mother, I noticed an inconsistency between the Wiki account of the film's plot and my original analysis from several years back.

Originally, I interpreted the Story Outcome a Success rather than what it clearly is: a Failure. Not sure if it's because of the temporal distance between my first viewing of the film or because of the clarity of the Wiki entry--but her obfuscation of the truth results in a Story Consequence of Conceptualizing. The police end up having to imagine who the killer is, rather than arrive at a true Understanding (the Story Goal).

Besides focusing the conflict in the mother/son Relationship Story Throughline to an Element of Desire (Mother knows best), the Influence Character Signpost of Memory moves out of the final Act and into the 2nd Signpost--where it appears in the movie.

The story points in a complete narrative harmonize with one another the way they should in this storyform, now uploaded to the Story Atomizer.

This is what I love so much about adding all these storyforms: the clarity & accuracy of these analyses will make it even easier for writers encountering this material in the future.

An analysis of Mother