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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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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

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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)

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$70,395 (USA) (19 August 2005)
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Quotes

Hélène, the Mother: Wrong isn't what we're about to do. Wrong is wanting to survive it.
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Referenced in Caché (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
Written by Samuel Barber
Performed by 'Choir of New College Oxford'
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Not the worst in French Existentialism
7 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

If you like French existentialist movies (which in this case is also a perverse "coming of age" movie), this is one of the better ones; if not, don't bother. The first half is slow and cumbersome with the scenes more like vignettes to reveal the Son's naiveté, while the Mother remains inaccessible until the very end. While the second half remains cumbersome through choppy editing, it is more interesting with the introduction of Hansi and Loulou. Most people seem to get hung up over the Libertine attitudes portrayed through deviant sexual activities, but what I took away was the idea that the psyche of willing participants, and particularly the young or immature, can be damaged by any emotionally charged experience, be it sexual or religious. The struggle is to rise above it. The one scene of particular interest revealed the blurred distinctions between dominant and submissive personalities (Hansi & Loulou), with the Sadist revealed as a Masochist by the emotional damage they were inflicting on themselves through the physical damage inflicted on someone they cared about. The Sadist/Masochist roles are easily reversed as seen through Loulou's comment when he throws himself in the pool in the deleted scene.


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