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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Quotes

Hélène, the Mother: Loving your mother isn't everything... nor being intelligent. Nor being handsome. Nor being frighteningly serious. Where will that take you if you ignore the joy of others?
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Connections

References Tristana (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
Written by Samuel Barber
Performed by 'Choir of New College Oxford'
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MA MERE aka MY MOTHER (Christophe Honore', 2004) **
30 May 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Yet another artsy-fartsy French production, from an unfilmable source: I own the original novel, though I haven't checked it out yet - but I can gather as much from what I've read of author Georges Bataille's work! Despite writer/director Honore''s good intentions to never display sex gratuitously but rather as a means of further developing the plot (as explained in the accompanying interview), the film comes off as both pretentious and pointless - while the updating and change of setting don't work as much as he thinks they do! Most of the characters are repellent and, therefore, one is not easily drawn towards their plight: in fact, the two young women leads Isabelle Huppert and Louis Garrel - both seriously boring! - get involved with (and, particularly, gorgeous Emma De Caunes in a difficult role) are the ones who come off best, no pun intended...


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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

Gross USA:

$71,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,510,052
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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