Ma Mere,(Meine Mutter),(My Mother)
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Ma Mere,(Meine Mutter),(My Mother)
An attractive widow finds her attentions turning to her teenage son in a troubling manner in this drama from France. Pierre (Louis Garrel) is a moody 17-year-old who is spending the summer with his parents at their summer home in the Canary Islands. While Pierre isn't especially close to his father (Philippe Duclos), he enjoys a warm relationship with his mother, Hélène (Isabelle Huppert) -- almost too warm, as her affection for him subtly strains the boundaries of typical familial behavior. When Pierre's father dies unexpectedly in an auto accident, his emotional dependence on Hélène… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A self-satisfied, utterly hollow Bacchanal."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"[The climax] involves such a disturbing blend of unhealthy mother-son affection and physical pain that it gives new meaning to the term child -- not to mention audience -- abuse."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Eurotrash at its trashiest worst."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Glazed-over looks, naked flesh, inane philosophizing, and sand dunes announce that we're in Antonioni-land, circa Zabriskie Point."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A little perversity never hurt anyone. But the French film Ma Mere has a lot of perversity and it hurts everyone -- including the people in the audience who don't get up and walk out."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"110 minutes of Euro silliness mitigated only by the presence of Huppert and the striking ability of the actors to keep a straight face throughout this mess."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It could stand as Exhibit A for why French auteurs are a tough sell to the average seeker of entertainment."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Most of the screenplay consists of meandering and inebriated characters talking just as high-falutin'."
‑ Kevin Allison, Film Journal International
"Ma mère could easily be mistaken for the latest anhedonic embarrassment out of Canada"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The drab bondage buffs in Ma Mere are so sick of life and sick of each other that we get sick of them way before the mother makes good on her threats and turns her son into her Oedi-pal."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Probably isn't for anyone not interested in the darkest corners of the human psyche, where sexual annihilation is the only response to a fallen world, where all moral bets are off, and where a boy's worst friend is his mother."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The translation from the highly literary to the literalness of film isn't easy and too often, Ma Mère feels like a parody."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This sexually messy, religiously infused film is a perfect example of the dregs of European cinema."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Ma Mere will have limited appeal, but I suspect it is a fair visual representation of Bataille's libertine philosophical notions."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It wallows in repellant imagery rather than enlightening us intellectually in any serious way, and it offers no real psychological insight into the characters."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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