This movie stole 2 hours of my life and I want them back! Hélène looks on longingly as the partially clothed couple copulates with passersby raising no objections. I appreciate the works of Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert, which was the only draw for me to watch Ma Mère. At the end of the movie, if you make it that far , I was left wondering why I had watched it, which requires the further question of why this movie was made in the first place. The son is allowed to say his good-bye before the cremation. Huppert is one of the great French actresses of our time and shows why here. I am always quite excited whenever one of her films makes it to the states.
The struggle is to rise above it. The film's intended impact just doesn't come through and that's because of the script's lack of depth but it is a daring attempt and a chance to view the always intoxicating Huppert. Hélène encourages her uninhibited sex buddy, Réa Joana Preiss , to take her son's virginity. The performances are exceptional, particularly by Garrel The Dreamers and Huppert, who moves forever closer to an absolute perfection. As his respect has waned, his love has grown all the way into incestuous desire and the final taboo that, pleasurable as it may seem to them, the mother and son cannot bear to cross, even to their own destruction.
Not that he was particularly averse to crossing the line before, mind you. Son, Garrel is dysfunctional to say the least but then when your mom encourages you to have sex with her friend and gets to watch what can you do. Isabelle Huppert plays the titular mom, who lives a life of luxury on the Canary Islands with her distant, ostensibly evil, husband Phillipe Duclos. First, Bataille can actually write a story where Sade cannot. Huppert is one of my favorite actresses of all time and she's fascinating to watch here but she's played these self loathsome characters before The Piano Player and this film could have benefited from a more defined role. While in a restaurant, his mother reveals to him that she has been unfaithful to her husband many times with his knowledge and feels no shame about it.
And that, in my opinion, is where this movie goes astray. The script is uninteresting and unfunny, and the camera-work is nothing to write home about. Tasteless, tacky, slow moving, un-erotic, dull and uncomfortable for all the wrong reasons - this film fails on almost every level other than the performances given by the actors. His mother takes him in tow into a night world without morality, a world of sexual exploitation, exhibitionism, and wildness. While saying goodbye to Pierre, she implies that something taboo has happened between them and that she must leave to prevent it from happening again.
This is more merde than mere. In a nutshell, Louis Garrel discovers that his father was a philandering scumbag. Here comes the first of many questions I had while watching this movie. Her interest in exploring the darker sides of humanity have created some of the most memorable performances put to the screen. Much to my surprise and pleasure, I found myself squirming uncomfortably along with the rest of the audience. Absolutely amazing, in depicting obsession, incest, dysfunction, love, selfishness, acceptation, pain.
Story is about 17 year old Pierre Louis Garrel who comes to visit his parents in the Canaries after being away at boarding school and his father Philippe Duclos has purposely kept his son from spending too much time with his mother but unfortunately he dies in an accident shortly after his arrival. Honoré shot the film on location on the island of , ,. Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2005. It's as if a ten year old with a boner wrote the script. She admits befriending Pierre at Hélène's encouragement but denies receiving a fee from her. The lights are on again, the music plays, the audience is all covered with crap and here I am on the stage — wearing a white tuxedo. His reaction is to furiously masturbate and then to urinate on the magazine pages.
Rea Joana Preiss and Hansi Emma de Caunes - The Science of Sleep do their best to erase all that religious training exposing him to not only regular sex, but some sadism as well. Unfortunately, the film simply wants to wallow in the sty of incest and sado-masochism. Their friendship blossoms into a tender romance and they both fall in love. This leaves me to think the Honre hadn't a clue as to how he planned on putting this mess together. Pierre soon learns, however, of the depraved nature of his parents.
Rules and regulations are like walls of a prison. Likewise Louis Garrel makes the fragile, gullible, needy and severely conflicted Pierre understandable: we may not agree with his choices as he wades through the strange waters of perversion, but we never lose sight of his vulnerability and passionate need to be loved. Fine, but how does this fit into the film? He doesn't know where he's going, what he wants, why his best friend cannot be his lover. Its dialogue is almost entirely in French with brief segments in , and. Arguably some of the sex in the middle of the film is superfluous but it soon gets darker and touches upon some of Bataille's more extreme ideas re: religion, sex and death. The style and mood of the film seem to shift from sequence to sequence, with some elements of claustrophobia, other times of sunny openness; and a voice-over by Pierre popping up unexpectedly toward the end. The synopsis below may give away important plot points.
I can enjoy sexy French movies as much as the next person. This is clearly not a film for everyone, but for those who admire the French cinema history of uncovering strange tales, this is a fine example. Instead, one can simply call Ma Mere a very bad cinematic mistake. He enters the room where she lies in state and masturbates exclaiming that he does not want to die as he is carried out. Finally, Hélène invites her son to sleep with her. Watch the film for the bravura performances, but read the book for one of the most interesting and well written studies in nihilism, sexuality and the sacred. If you haven't read the book and I haven't some of the sequences won't make much sense.