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Ma ma (2015)

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In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.

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Julio Medem

Writer:

Julio Medem
4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Penélope Cruz ... Magda
Luis Tosar ... Arturo
Asier Etxeandia ... Julián
Teo Planell Teo Planell ... Dani
Alex Brendemühl ... Raúl
Anna Jiménez Anna Jiménez ... Natasha
Elena Carranza Elena Carranza ... Presentadora de Televisión
Nico de Vicente Nico de Vicente ... Presentador de Televisión (as Nicolás De Vicente)
Silvia Abascal ... Enfermera Quimioterapia
Miguel Mota Miguel Mota ... Médico UCI
Virginia Ávila Virginia Ávila ... Enfermera UCI
Javier Martos Javier Martos ... Enfermero Mayor
Anabel Maurín Anabel Maurín ... Radióloga
Samuel Viyuela Samuel Viyuela ... Enfermero Joven
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Guttmann Jonathan Guttmann ... Waiter
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In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mama See more »

Filming Locations:

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,466, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,476, 19 June 2016
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Julio Medem wrote the screenplay eight years prior to the making of the film. It was when Penélope Cruz approached him with the idea of working together that he sent her the story. See more »

Quotes

Dani: What's wrong? Are you sick?
Magda: I've got breast cancer.
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Connections

Features El Cid (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

El balón
(uncredited)
by Alberto Iglesias
© 2015 Quartet Records under exclusive license from AI Music
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Honest and Moving
30 August 2018 | by tj-15499See all my reviews

It bears mentioning that there are many critics and viewers alike who have criticized the film for being melodramatic and maudlin. I would counter that in fact the film is realistic. If you have had the misfortune of being impacted by cancer let alone an advanced stage cancer or if you have lost a loved one to cancer, then you very well know, the whole thing is a tragedy and it's sad and sentimental. This desire to remove the elements of humanity that we find it taboo to express is stupid and counterproductive. Cancer is sad and it's tragic and there are infinite ways to convey this but this film is no more sentimental or tragic than dying from or losing someone you love from cancer. You want a dry unsentimental look at cancer? Head on over to WebMd. You want an honest portrayal of a woman who has to come to terms with her mortality? Press play.


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