Mammoth (2009)

 |  Drama  |  23 January 2009 (Sweden)
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While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marife Necesito ...
Cookie (as Run Srinikornchot)
Robert 'Bob' Sanders
Salvador (as Jan Nicdao)
Chiqui del Carmen ...
Grandmother (as Maria del Carmen)
Perry Dizon ...
Uncle Fernando
Ben Jackson
Doña Croll ...
Caesar Kobb ...
Matthew James Ryder ...
Bob Sanders' Collegue
Piromya Sootrak ...
Cookie's Daughter


n New York, the immature family man Leo Vidales is a successful businessman, owner of the Underlandish, a successful website of digital games and married to Dr. Ellen Vidales, a dedicated surgeon of the emergency room of a hospital. They have a daughter, Jackie, who is an intelligent girl that is raised by her nanny, the Filipino Gloria that spends more time with her than Ellen. Gloria has two sons in Philippine that miss her. When Leo need to travel to Singapore with his partner Bob (Tom McCarthy) to sign a millionaire contract with investors, Ellen operates on a boy stabbed in the stomach by his own mother and she feels connected to the boy and rethinks her relationship with Jackie. Meanwhile Leo is bored waiting for the negotiation of Bob with the investors and he decides to travel to Bangkok and lodges in a rustic cottage on the seashore. Leo meets the young prostitute and mother Cookie and he has one night stand with her. Meanwhile, Gloria's ten year-old boy Salvador misses her ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

23 January 2009 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mammut  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,531 (USA) (20 November 2009)


$8,530 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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Referenced in Filmselskabet: Episode #4.1 (2013) See more »


Written by Mira Aroyo / Daniel Hunt / Helen Marnie / Reuben Wu
Performed by Ladytron
With permission from Nettwerk Productions and Artwerk Musik LLC, Worldwide administration by Nettwerk One Music (Canada) Ltd.
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Like a breath of fresh air
28 April 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

There was a big speculation of Moodysson being a total sell-out, doing a major picture in America, but that obviously wasn't the case. It isn't Moodysson quite like you've seen before, but definitely not in a bad way. He innovated his style into new directions, without compromising his vision.

Gael García Bernal has proved himself to be one of the greatest actors of this generation in Iñárritu's pictures, and Mammoth comes as no exception. In fact I feel a little Iñárrituish vibe in the movie; the whole theme is pretty similar with Babel.

Somebody commented earlier here, that Moodysson was just "teethless" with his society critic in Mammoth, but I really have to disagree. I wouldn't even use the word "critic" in Mammoth's case - I don't see Moodysson as a preacher, but as an objective lens, which allows us to see the world differently. It's art people, not politics; pointing fingers isn't the point.

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