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Ma Mère (NC-17)

Release Date: May 13th (NYC-Quad Cinema) by TLA Releasing.
The Cast: Isabelle Huppert,Louis Garrel
In French with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A son bonds with his mother in more ways than one after his father dies in a car crash.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Despite the overt and explicit sexual images, there a lot of beautifully-shot and pleasant scenes, especially at the beach and the desert. The sexual images are shocking and revolting at times--in a pornographic way. Isabelle Huppert is always a very talented actress and, as usual, she gives her role all that she has. Her solid acting elevates this film from pure pornography into a serious work of art. The incest subject matter might not be suitable for every adult, but those who are patient and look beneath the surface will definitely be entertained.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There are a lot of disturbing messages and issues in this film that are not easy to talk about. This element taboo is precisely what makes this film so intriguing. The obsessive relationship between the son and his mother is very sad and cringe-worthy. It is not clear what particularly drives these people to be so perverse, but that mystery makes the film more thought-provoking. If a psychologist were involved in the plot, this would be a completely different film.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The very ending is too shocking and disturbing to be believable. It just goes overboard--perhaps a subtle ending would have helped.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A disturbing French film full of taboo along with a strong performance by Isabelle Huppert and beautiful cinematography, but an surprising ending that ends up being too strong and exaggerated.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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