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After turning 60, working-class man Serge (Grard Depardieu) decides to retire and is ready to reap his pensioners rewards. He runs into the implacable wall of bureaucracy after finding out that his former employers have neglected to declare his earnings. To receive full benefits he needs to go back to them and gather the missing affidavits. Encouraged by his wife, our hero climbs his old 1970s Mammoth motorcycle and sets off on a trip to recover lost wages and buried memories. As he reconnects with old friends, Serge discovers that their idea of him is vastly at odds with his self-image;… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Mammuth" has the distressed, gritty look of a 1970s movie. (It was shot on Super 16 reversal film.) But it takes its cues from some of the less-appealing aspects of that era's freewheeling style, in particular a sort of curdled whimsy."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"The gauche humour of 'Mammuth' camouflages a sweet torch song to the struggles of the working class in the face of private- and public-sector indifference."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Depardieu is a very shaggy beastie in this film, deliberate and bullish, blown up to prehistoric size and pretty much headed for extinction at the hands of French bureaucracy."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"Retirement can be a death sentence but in the eccentric, meandering French road movie Mammuth it becomes a second chance to reconnect with life."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Enjoyably offbeat and frequently hilarious, this is an engaging road movie with a terrific central performance from Gerard Depardieu..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Too limp and scattershot to warrant anything stronger than indifference..."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Cynical and sentimental by turns, Mammuth takes a ride on the wild side, but well within speed limits."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Depardieu's lugubrious features have rarely been better suited to playing a character who is such a handful that he is duty-bound to shock."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Gerard Depardieu embarks on a road trip through France in a comedydrama that begins well before taking an unwelcome surreal detour. A pity, because the first half hour is very, very funny."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"An acquired taste."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"Depardieu makes the most of it. Because of him, such surreal Gallic scuzziness has rarely seemed so sweetly tender."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A wan road comedy with pretensions that can be jettisoned for the inevitable John Travolta remake."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Intermittently very funny."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"It is often quite offbeat, anarchic stuff about how time and age tend to betray us."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A funny, sad and weird road movie starring Gérard Depardieu in a pungent role."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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