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Ma mère (2004)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2004 (France)
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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Cast

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Hélène
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Pierre
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Hansi
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Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ...
Loulou
Dominique Reymond ...
Marthe
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Robert
Philippe Duclos ...
Le père
Pascal Tokatlian ...
Klaus
Théo Hakola ...
Ian
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Le docteur
Patrick Fanik ...
Eric
Susi Egetenmeier ...
Le femme des dunes
Sylvia Love Johnson ...
Le femme de ménage (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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Hélène, the Mother: Your father was weak like you. Maybe now you know desire reduces us to weakness.
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Connections

Referenced in Caché (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
Written by Samuel Barber
Performed by 'Choir of New College Oxford'
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15 March 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Remarkably evocative and accurate portrayal of a work by Geroge Bataille. Not having read the particular book it was based on yet it certainly ties in the imagery and methodologies used in other novels of his I have read. Challenging, stylish and original. Probably the most successful adaptation I have seen of a challenging work (with the proviso of not having read the actual work and citing familiarity with his oeuvre). Arguably some of the sex in the middle of the film is superfluous but it soon gets darker and touches upon some of Bataille's more extreme ideas re: religion, sex and death. If an attempt were to be made to film Story of the Eye, the same production team would seem like the ideal choice. Indeed, maybe this will start a trend in filming the fiction /screenplays based on the ideas of others like Foucault / Barthes, etc. That could prove very interesting.


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