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Ma mère (2004)

 -  Drama  -  19 May 2004 (France)
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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.

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Hélène, the Mother
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Pierre, the Son
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Hansi
Joana Preiss ...
Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ...
Loulou
Dominique Reymond ...
Marthe
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Robert
Philippe Duclos ...
The Father
Pascal Tokatlian ...
Klaus
Théo Hakola ...
Ian
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The Doctor
Patrick Fanik ...
Eric
Susi Egetenmeier ...
Woman in dunes
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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>

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

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19 May 2004 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$70,395 (USA) (19 August 2005)
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Pierre, the Son: Would you accept to be the mother of a god? To be Mary? Why are sons always asked to be gods?
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Happy Together
Written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon
Performed by The Turtles
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Depravity only exceeded by its stupidity
14 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many films which focus on the depraved side of human nature that while disturbing are still examples of excellent cinema. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Bad Lieutenant are two titles that come to mind. While those movies showed depravity at its worst, they had elements critical to any good movie:

  • Good writing and a story - Good acting - Good cinematography




Ma Mere has none of these. The characters are not remotely believable, there is very little in terms of story/plot, the writing is not compelling, and the cinematography is amateurish. The entire film hinges on a sequence of pornographic episodes, none of which are remotely erotic but rather a form of forced voyeurism designed to make the viewer ill.

At the end of the movie, (if you make it that far), I was left wondering why I had watched it, which requires the further question of why this movie was made in the first place.


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