MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,766 this week

Ma mère (2004)

NC-17  |   |  Drama  |  19 May 2004 (France)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 4,559 users   Metascore: 35/100
Reviews: 44 user | 58 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

Based on George Bataille's posthumous and controversial novel: When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 05 Dec 2010
 
a list of 29 titles
created 15 Apr 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ma mère" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ma mère (2004)

Ma mère (2004) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ma mère.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gemini (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A domineering mother with a seemingly perfect family in Argentina is unaware of a taboo relationship happening with her youngest children.

Director: Albertina Carri
Stars: Cristina Banegas, Daniel Fanego, Maria Abadi
Dans Paris (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Anna has just left Paul who, annihilated by the separation, moves back with his father in Paris. His younger brother Jonathan, a casual student, still lives in his father's apartment and ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Romain Duris, Louis Garrel, Alice Butaud
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids. She valiantly overcomes the obstacles put in her way. But she has yet to confront the ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Marina Foïs, Marie-Christine Barrault
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Béatrice Dalle, Romain Duris, Jeanne Balibar
Love Songs (2007)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme
Luna (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Garrel
Stars: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A play writer entertains the actors of his next play, including his ex-wife and her new lover. Everyone is finding his new place.

Director: Jacques Doillon
Stars: Pascal Greggory, Julie Depardieu, Louis Garrel
Beloved (2011)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In London, a mother and daughter navigate their respective romances: Madeline rekindles an affair from thirty years earlier, while her daughter Vera is caught between a musician who cannot commit and her ex, who still pines for her.

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The story of a young woman's descent into the kinky and dangerous sexual underground in Madrid.

Director: Bigas Luna
Stars: Francesca Neri, Óscar Ladoire, María Barranco
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Guilherme and Sofia, brother and sister, grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. The thing that Sofia doesn't know is how far Guilherme will go to keep her inside his own perverse, dark and perfect circle.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Rafael Morais, Daniel Duval, Joana de Verona
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Hélène, the Mother
...
Pierre, the Son
...
Hansi
Joana Preiss ...
Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ...
Loulou
Dominique Reymond ...
Marthe
...
Robert
Philippe Duclos ...
The Father
Pascal Tokatlian ...
Klaus
Théo Hakola ...
Ian
...
The Doctor
Patrick Fanik ...
Eric
Susi Egetenmeier ...
Woman in dunes
...
Woman of couple (as Sylvia Johnson)
Edit

Storyline

Pierre, a youth, comes from his grandmother's in France to stay with his parents in the Canary Islands. His father talks oddly about his lost youth and leaves abruptly for France. Mom promises to take Pierre to a nightclub, remarking that people will think he's her lover. He prays. His father dies in France, and his mother wants him to empty his father's office; Pierre finds it full of pornography. His mother takes him in tow into a night world without morality, a world of sexual exploitation, exhibitionism, and wildness. What will Pierre make of this, and what, ultimately, will he make of his mother? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for strong and aberrant sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ma mère  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,334 (USA) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

$70,395 (USA) (19 August 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | (Synchro Film, Austria)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Hélène, the Mother: Your father is dead. I won't lie to you anymore. You must admit that I'm worse than him. I don't deserve your respect. What do you think I've been doing every afternoon all these years? Why were you raised by your grandmother? What did you imagine? Look at me, Pierre! I'm a bitch. A slut. No one respects me. Your father knew. He allowed it. If you really love me, then admit that I'm disgusting. I want you to love me for that. For the shame I inspire in you.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Caché (Hidden) (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
Written by Samuel Barber
Performed by 'Choir of New College Oxford'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
c'est affreux! BAD film, decent S&M soft core
25 July 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Usually the French are much better at tackling "taboo" subjects, but the way this film was done was AWFUL. I appreciate the works of Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert, which was the only draw for me to watch Ma Mère. I hadn't read the book the film was adapted from, but the hype was too much to ignore so I watched it. BAD CHOICE. Louis Garrel was decent, as decent as he could be in such an awful film. Isabelle Huppert's performance was not her best, a lot of long pauses and dramatic painful-staring-off-into-the-world stares that just got annoying after awhile. The film did a bad job at establishing the characters. At some parts, I felt as if the characters did things for no reason without ever providing much background to why they act that way and other characters just felt really unnecessary to the story. You leave the film feeling like you don't understand any of the characters, why they do the things they do, even worse you leave not feeling a single emotion of sympathy or hate or ANYTHING for the characters. I also found myself lost at a few parts due to two reasons. 1.) The way the movie was filmed was very distracting, as if someone with a hand-held home video camera kept zooming in and out of the actors faces and 2.) some shots were very dark which made it difficult to understand what was going on (especially at the end). I felt like the film strayed a bit from actually telling an unique story, and became more about nude shots and unusual sex scenes to seem more "daring" and "edgy." I didn't feel like I took anything from the film, or the point of the film. If you want to watch a good Christophe Honoré film, I would advise you to skip this and pick up Les Chansons d'Amour starring Garrel as well.


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Ending **Spolier darkranger-1
Did anyone else find the end hilarious? writerdudette
Loulou ***potential spolier*** dickiededalus
help with a similar foreign film plz kaybu74
any other? iMotorhead
Question about scene and Movie? markwbball
Discuss Ma mère (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?