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19 May 2004 (Belgium) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The Oedipus Complex with Variations from Novelist Georges Bataille See more (42 total) »

Cast

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Isabelle Huppert ... Hélène, the Mother

Louis Garrel ... Pierre, the Son

Emma de Caunes ... Hansi
Joana Preiss ... Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ... Loulou
Dominique Reymond ... Marthe

Olivier Rabourdin ... Robert
Philippe Duclos ... The Father
Pascal Tokatlian ... Klaus
Théo Hakola ... Ian

Nuno Lopes ... The Doctor
Patrick Fanik ... Eric
Susi Egetenmeier ... Woman in dunes

Sylvia Love Johnson ... Woman of couple (as Sylvia Johnson)

Directed by
Christophe Honoré 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Georges Bataille  novel
Christophe Honoré 

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Dimitri de Clercq .... associate producer
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu .... co-producer
Gabriele Kranzelbinder .... co-producer
Bernard-Henri Lévy .... producer
Stéphane Sorlat .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Hélène Louvart 
 
Film Editing by
Chantal Hymans 
 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
 
Production Design by
Laurent Allaire 
 
Costume Design by
Pierre Canitrot 
 
Makeup Department
Frédéric Balmer .... assistant makeup artist
Paul de Fisser .... hair stylist
Delphine Jaffart .... key makeup artist
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Joaquim Carvalho .... unit production manager
Laetitia Fèvre .... production supervisor
Sylvain Monod .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Gouet .... assistant director
Sylvie Peyre .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Yannick Heuveline .... assistant decorator
Arnaud Roth .... first assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Brisson .... sound
Pascal Despres .... boom operator
Frédéric Fichefet .... sound editor
Alexander Koller .... sound mixer
Bernhard Maisch .... sound
Joaquim Pinto .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugues Espinasse .... focus puller
Jean-François Hensgens .... first assistant camera
José Carlos Loureiro .... grip
 
Casting Department
Margarida Roberto .... casting: Portugal
 
Editorial Department
Elisabeth Legrand .... first assistant editor
Thomas Treu .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Helena Gonçalves .... production assistant
Maureen Meyer .... script supervisor
Nadege Pageau .... production staff
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
François Pujol .... location scout
Charles-Edouard Renault .... legal counsel
 
Thanks
Diastème .... thanks
Gaël Morel .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"My Mother" - International (English title) (literal English title), USA (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for strong and aberrant sexual content
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110 min
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Dolby Digital | Stereo | Stereo (Synchro Film, Austria)
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Réa:The origin of the world is this hole. Nowhere else. Never believe those who pretend otherwise.See more »
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Referenced in Caché (Hidden) (2005)See more »
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72 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
The Oedipus Complex with Variations from Novelist Georges Bataille, 27 October 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

'Ma mère' is a film on the edge. Director Christophe Honoré (who gave us the little jewel 'Closer to Leo') has adapted a tough book by Georges Bataille that explores incest, sadomasochism, love, family dysfunction, and nebulous moral values of conflicted adolescents caught in the web of sexual investigation. It is filled with difficult scenes and ideas and certainly is not a film for the faint of heart or spirit, but at the same time it is a brave film depicting the dissociative state of sexual mind to which we've come after the influences of such thinkers as Bataille, Foucault, Derida, Gide, and others. Christophe Honoré captures an impossible story extremely well on the screen! 17-year-old Pierre (Louis Garrel of 'The Dreamers') is a spiritually challenged adolescent home from his Catholic school to be with his mother Hélène (Isabelle Huppert) whom he idolizes and loves and see his father (Philippe Duclos) who is distant in every sense. Hélène finds it necessary to inform Pierre of her background (her husband raped her when she was very young, causing such anguish that she has become addicted to a life of immorality as a means of escape), a means of warning him of what close association with her could mean. Pierre is blind to all things negative about Hélène and with the news of his father's death, he demands to be included in the wild sexual life of Hélène and her female lover Réa (Joana Preiss). Hélène is sexually attracted to Pierre and elects to include him in her games of voyeurism (watching Pierre during intercourse with Réa, introducing him to the shallow and compulsive Hansi (Emma de Caunes), mutilation, and all forms of debauchery.

The group goes to the sunny islands off Spain where Pierre falls in love with the dangerous Hansi and follows her lead in learning about his mother's strange and dangerous proclivities, sexual acts which include the involvement of young Loulou (Jean-Baptiste Montagut), a young man whom they torture for the sake of sexual satisfaction. All the while that Pierre is being introduced into Hélène's bizarre world he is conflicted by his superego in the form of the Catholic Church: he is seen reciting catechism in the desert surrounded by a silent, nude Greek chorus a la Fellini. Ultimately the 'vacation' is over and Pierre returns home with Hélène and the ultimate incestuous aspect of the Oedipus complex plays out in a completely bizarre and very dark way. To say more would destroy the impact of the ending.

Isabelle Huppert is brilliant as always, her quiet outwardly plain demeanor disguising the profoundly ill soul inside. Likewise Louis Garrel makes the fragile, gullible, needy and severely conflicted Pierre understandable: we may not agree with his choices as he wades through the strange waters of perversion, but we never lose sight of his vulnerability and passionate need to be loved. There is a lot of graphic sex in this film, but this particular story could not be told without it. Christophe Honoré manages this strange tale by letting the story take us into the realm of the unreal and he never for a moment loses our interest.

Even the music scoring is substantive, using Samuel Barber's own setting of his famous 'Adagio for Strings' for the choral 'Agnus Dei', most appropriately heard when Pierre is mentally visiting his spiritual conflicts with his corporal deeds. This is clearly not a film for everyone, but for those who admire the French cinema history of uncovering strange tales, this is a fine example. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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