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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

Complete credited cast:
... Hélène
... Pierre
... Hansi
... Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut ... Loulou
Dominique Reymond ... Marthe
... Robert
... Le père
Pascal Tokatlian ... Klaus
Theo Hakola ... Ian (as Théo Hakola)
... Le docteur
Patrick Fanik ... Eric
Susi Egetenmeier ... Le femme des dunes
... 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

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,334, 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,395, 21 August 2005
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Pierre, the Son: And as they did not like to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a discerning mind, to do unsuitable things: being filled with all injustice, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, homicidal thoughts, strife, deceit, bad habits; whisperers, revilers, enemies of God. Some who understand the law of God still practice such actions. They are worthy of death. They not only do them, but even commend those who practice them.
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Referenced in Caché (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hymne à l'Amour
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
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c'est affreux! BAD film, decent S&M soft core
25 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Usually the French are much better at tackling "taboo" subjects, but the way this film was done was AWFUL. I appreciate the works of Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert, which was the only draw for me to watch Ma Mère. I hadn't read the book the film was adapted from, but the hype was too much to ignore so I watched it. BAD CHOICE. Louis Garrel was decent, as decent as he could be in such an awful film. Isabelle Huppert's performance was not her best, a lot of long pauses and dramatic painful-staring-off-into-the-world stares that just got annoying after awhile. The film did a bad job at establishing the characters. At some parts, I felt as if the characters did things for no reason without ever providing much background to why they act that way and other characters just felt really unnecessary to the story. You leave the film feeling like you don't understand any of the characters, why they do the things they do, even worse you leave not feeling a single emotion of sympathy or hate or ANYTHING for the characters. I also found myself lost at a few parts due to two reasons. 1.) The way the movie was filmed was very distracting, as if someone with a hand-held home video camera kept zooming in and out of the actors faces and 2.) some shots were very dark which made it difficult to understand what was going on (especially at the end). I felt like the film strayed a bit from actually telling an unique story, and became more about nude shots and unusual sex scenes to seem more "daring" and "edgy." I didn't feel like I took anything from the film, or the point of the film. If you want to watch a good Christophe Honoré film, I would advise you to skip this and pick up Les Chansons d'Amour starring Garrel as well.


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