Ma Mere
Ma Mere (2005)

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… More

Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: May 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pretentious, overly perverse and dull.

Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

A self-satisfied, utterly hollow Bacchanal.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

[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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Eurotrash at its trashiest worst.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It could stand as Exhibit A for why French auteurs are a tough sell to the average seeker of entertainment.

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Kevin Allison
Film Journal International

Most of the screenplay consists of meandering and inebriated characters talking just as high-falutin'.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The translation from the highly literary to the literalness of film isn't easy and too often, Ma Mère feels like a parody.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This sexually messy, religiously infused film is a perfect example of the dregs of European cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite how flat it seems at first, this French film is so provocative and perverse that I'm afraid a lot of people won't get its point, and I love… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Ma Mere" starts out with Pierre(Louis Garrel) arriving at the vacation home of his parents in the Canary Islands. Soon after,… More
Cassandra Maples
European cinema at its best! Producer Paulo Branco has been producing some of the best films and best directors in Europe and this is one of the latest ones.… More
Daniel Parsons
Pretty disturbing, controversial, but stunningly acted French film. Pierre, fresh from boarding school, returns home to his somewhat estranged mother. After… More
Randy Tippy
Pierre is the product of a very unconventional marriage. Both his parents lead promiscuous lives and he spends most of his childhood in a Catholic boarding… More
Sunil Jawahir
SPOILER ALERT - I really thought I knew what I was getting with this movie. I knew there was a sexually confused son, back from boarding school who has an odd… More