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Ma mère (2004)

NC-17  |   |  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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Woman of couple (as Sylvia Johnson)
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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>

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

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$70,395 (USA) (19 August 2005)
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Hélène, the Mother: Even if we're thousands of kilometers apart. We must refuse together the world of those patiently waiting for death to enlighten them. We must turn our backs to them with pride.
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Hymn To Love (Hymne à l'amour)
Written by Édith Piaf and Marguerite Monnot
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
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daring, but not cheap
9 June 2004 | by (Gent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

As I watched the movie, I felt (probably like many others) somehow shocked by the powerful and explicit images. Yet it can't be said that this is merely done to make a controversial film. The viewer gets a slowly developing picture of the relationship between mother and son, or more correctly of the adaptation of mother's lifestyle by her son. Finally everybody is invited to morally judge the relations, actions and sayings of the main characters. But as most viewers are likely to enjoy the "forbidden" relationships or explicit scenes, who are we to give criticism? This film puts a whole new dimension in the concept of what is normal, allowed or understood as morally acceptable. It's sometimes almost revolting, and yet when you've seen the story-lines that led to these scenes, you may find the actions acceptable (or maybe I've a twisted mind). I would like to call the attention to the beautifully chosen soundtrack and the abrupt ending, which leaves the viewer a little bit disturbed.


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