Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ma Mere by Christophe Honoré, 2005 (NC-17)
with Isabelle Huppert (White Material, The Piano Teacher, Amour), Louis Garrel (The Dreamers, Making Plans for Lena (Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras pas danser), Emma de Caunes, Joana Preiss, Jean-Baptiste Montagut, Dominique Reymond, Olivier Rabourdin (Of Gods and Men), Philippe Duclos, Pascal Tokatlian, Theo Hakola
Home from boarding school, moody 17-year-old Pierre is drawn into the sordid yet arousing world of his newly widowed and sexually adventurous mother, Hélène. As their attraction deepens, Hélène leaves Pierre in the care of another seductive woman.
I always believed Ma Mere was the traumatic movie by definition. I also believed that it would be unpolitical and somehow erotic. The behavior of Pierre's mother creates after the death of the father with her son is of a spoiled kid, playing with her toy until it breaks, far from the idea I had of the short story and what I heard from the movie where everything would be shown from the perspective of the adoring son. It reminded me so much of Savage Grace, but in a way, far less sick. The relationship Pierre has is of an ideal that she continually breaks therefore there is no real game, just the constant deception, degrading herself, showing him how wrong he was. He is a returning son that doesn't really have a relationship at all with her mother, far from Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne's exclusive relationship in Savage Grace. It turns out to be just ok.
Watch Ma Mere trailer: