A single mom who has been only focusing on making money and achieving fame is suddenly finds out she has a time-limited life. All her life, she has been neglecting her only son so she now wishes to spend the rest of her lifetime for him finding his family before she leaves. She plans to reunite her son with his birth-father so he can live in a stable family environment, but the father is already married to someone else. Mama is a story of 6 months of motherly love and sacrifices that is told by a terminally ill mother.
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Life lessons learned.
Don't let the subject matter deter you from watching this gem.
Let's be real. This is no spoiler. It's in the story description everywhere you go read about it. This is no happy story and there is no "happy" ending. Yet, it was very nicely and properly wrapped up with a beautiful bittersweet bow.
Really well done. Well acted. Soong Yoon Ah and Moon Jeong Hee carried this like bosses. Jung Joo Ho hadn't impressed me at all in the previous works I've seen him in. I mean, I barely remembered him and had to look him up. But he was fine here.
Yoo Chan Young did an amazing job as Geu Roo. This boy is a diamond he could go places. He maybe only 13 but wow. Just wow. I'll be following his career a bit closer now.
Admittedly, I initially checked this drama out because of Hong Jong Hyun and his pretty face. He impressed me. Turned out I've seen a few of the dramas he's been in, but I don't remember him in them. So I wasn't expecting him to be actually a good actor, but he is. So what started off as a totally superficial reason to watch, ended up with me marathoning it because the story engaged me.
I highly recommend this drama.
My suggestion to anyone is that if you avoid this because you only watch things that are "comedic" or have a "happy ending" you'll be missing out on a beautiful story. (this suggestion applies to other "not-happy" dramas as well)
Everyone of us goes out everyday, carries the risk that we are unable to go back home. If you think of it that way, knowing you do not have much time left to live is a blessing, given you can overcome the fear of leaving your loved ones. Having a heavy philosophical content, the drama manages to deliver the growth of each characters and valuable lessons without preaching.
As everyone is connected, one's significant life event does not affect that person alone but everyone around them. The same thing happened to successful single mother Han Seung Hee. Her health situation urges her to reflect on her life and widen her social circle as she realises her old way of living cannot give her son another mother. As a consequences, She makes her choices that impacts all those around her. Whether her choices were right or wrong, I believe each one of us has their own judgements however it is undeniable that everything she did was out of love for her son. The most important thing is that she is a mother. She grows as a mother and everyone else also grows.
The beautiful thing about the drama is that it is realistic though the plot exaggerates at some parts to highlight the moral lessons to be learnt. Life goes on, everyone has to part and everything changes. That is the reality. As much as the story is about Han Seung Hee who is a dying mother, it is also about other people and how they prepare to move on with their life after she dies. I love the ending because it shows life continues and even though it may be incomplete, love and forgiveness fill up the space.
Overall the casts deliver solid and convincing acting, especially Song Yoon Ah. I truly lived in their world. Yoon Chang Young and Hong Jun Hyun did a great job as sons, gave audiences the alternatives and outcomes of different choices made by mothers. Other actors performed well though I believe there are room for improvements for supporting actors.
It was a fun rides with lessons to learn on the way. I recommend anyone who are looking for a slice a life kind of story. For people who are scared of the sadness, personally the reason I cried while watching was because it is touching, not because it is sad.