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Mammoth (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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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Lukas Moodysson

Writer:

Lukas Moodysson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Leo Vidales
Michelle Williams ... Ellen Vidales
Marife Necesito ... Gloria
Sophie Nyweide ... Jackie Vidales
Natthamonkarn Srinikornchot ... Cookie (as Run Srinikornchot)
Tom McCarthy ... Robert 'Bob' Sanders
Jan David G. Nicdao ... Salvador (as Jan Nicdao)
Martin de los Santos ... Manuel
Chiqui del Carmen Chiqui del Carmen ... Grandmother (as Maria del Carmen)
Perry Dizon ... Uncle Fernando
Joseph Mydell ... Ben Jackson
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Alice
Caesar Kobb Caesar Kobb ... Anthony
Matthew James Ryder Matthew James Ryder ... Bob Sanders' Collegue
Piromya Sootrak Piromya Sootrak ... Cookie's Daughter
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In 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, who spends more time with her than Ellen. Gloria has two sons in the Philippines that miss her. When Leo need to travel to Singapore with his partner, Bob (Tom McCarthy), to sign a multi-million dollar 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 a one night stand with her. Meanwhile, Gloria's ten year-old boy,... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What keeps you together when you're worlds apart?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the making of this film, Michelle Williams was told that her husband, Heath Ledger, had just passed in his sleep. See more »

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

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Destroy Everything You Touch
Written by Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt, Helen Marnie and Reuben Wu
Performed by Ladytron
With permission from Island Records and Universal Music Publishing
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Mothers and Children
20 December 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the immature family man Leo Vidales (Gael García Bernal) is a successful businessman, owner of the Underlandish, a successful website of digital games and married with Dr. Ellen Vidales (Michelle Williams), a dedicated surgeon of the emergency room of a hospital. They have a daughter, Jackie (Sophie Nyweide), who is an intelligent girl that is raised by her nanny, the Filipino Gloria (Marife Necesito) 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 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 (Run Srinikornchot) and he has one night stand with her. Meanwhile, Gloria's ten year-old boy Salvador (Jan David G. Nicdao) misses her mother and decides to find a job. His innocence leads him to a tragedy.

"Mammoth" is a melodramatic film about motherhood – there are four parallel situations of mother and children – Ellen and Jackie; Gloria and her sons; the boy Anthony and his mother that has stabbed him; and Cookie and her baby.

I had a great expectation with this film, but unfortunately the plot does not work well and is pointless, going to nowhere. There is the contrast between people and specially children from the First and Third Worlds, but nothing new. The narrative is cold and not engaging.

Gael Garcia Bernal is miscast and his immature character has nothing to do with his mature wife. Sophie Nyweide steals the film with her top- notch performance. There are so many tragedies along the story that in the end I was expecting that Leo had contracted AIDS with Cookie and would transmit the disease to his wife Ellen. The title "Mammoth" refers to the expensive pen that Bob gave to Leo, but I did not understand the intention of the author with this title. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Corações em Conflito" ("Hearts in Conflict")


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Germany

Language:

English | Tagalog | Thai

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Mamut See more »

Filming Locations:

Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,531, 22 November 2009

Gross USA:

$9,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,033,946
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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