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Ma Mère (2004)

Ma mère (original title)
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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Christophe Honoré

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isabelle Huppert ... Hélène
Louis Garrel ... Pierre
Emma de Caunes ... Hansi
Joana Preiss ... Réa
Jean-Baptiste Montagut Jean-Baptiste Montagut ... Loulou
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Marthe
Olivier Rabourdin ... Robert
Philippe Duclos ... Le père
Pascal Tokatlian Pascal Tokatlian ... Klaus
Theo Hakola Theo Hakola ... Ian (as Théo Hakola)
Nuno Lopes ... Le docteur
Patrick Fanik Patrick Fanik ... Eric
Susi Egetenmeier Susi Egetenmeier ... Le femme des dunes
Sylvia Love Johnson Sylvia Love Johnson ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Portugal | Austria | Spain

Language:

French | English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo | Stereo (Synchro Film, Austria)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Hélène, the Mother: Your father was weak like you. Maybe now you know desire reduces us to weakness.
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Connections

Referenced in Caché (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Together
Written by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon
Performed by The Turtles
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A foul excursion into territories that became, after a certain point, comical.
24 January 2006 | by haywardzSee all my reviews

I can enjoy sexy French movies as much as the next person. But this movie is simply gross, to the point of being almost comical. Its furthest excesses rival in bawdiness the kinds of high jinks you'd expect to see in a Farrelly Brothers movie, but without the jokes. Quite the opposite, this film is pretty dark. It could have been a brooding, beautifully shot, and deeply literary meditation on the tangled emotions, Freudian and otherwise, that run through families. Especially considering Isabelle Huppert, who I'd think I could enjoy watching do almost anything, maybe even eat a live horse or perform an emergency tracheotomy, her beauty and her abilities being so complex, limitless and profound. But I did have trouble watching her do the things she does here -- where the artfulness present in other parts of the movie is left behind and only absurdity remains. Perhaps I'm just a prude.


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