Silvija, meanwhile, seems to be just as oblivious. She vacillates between doting mother and angry and belittling shrew. She maintains the claim of being a waitress even while wearing full hooker gear and a fur coat. It'd be ridiculous if it weren't taken so seriously. Not, that the word used most often in this film to describe what Ozren's mother does is the word used in the title -- whore -- which in itself suggests something about the psychological (if not social) perspectives of the author of the novel, if not the filmmakers. When that sort of judgment is made as early as the title, figuring out how the movie ends does not require a soothsayer.
At the center of all of this are the usual Freudian and Oedipal theories about sons and mothers, made all the more obvious when ones mother is a prostitute. In the end there is the traditional reckoning for the fallen woman, which is as uninteresting as it is expected. Starring Stanislav Lisnic, Chulpan Khamatova, Miki Manojlovic, Ina Gogalova, Georg Friedrich and Maria Hofstatter. Directed by Michael Sturminger. Written by Michael Glawogger and Michael Sturminger. Produced by Josef Aichholzer. A Picture This! release. Drama. German-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 86 min.