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  • Summary: A disturbing relationship develops between an attractive widow (Huppert) and her teenage son (Garrel).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Ma Mere, with its sun-drenched sense of dread and band of reckless, unlikable characters, isn't very good, but that doesn't stop the actors -- especially the intrepid Huppert -- from going all the way.
  2. 50
    It's pretentious highbrow trash, but as far as that goes it works pretty well.
  3. Based on a novel by French provocateur Georges Bataille, an important thinker whose fiction rarely translates into good cinema.
  4. So clinically detached it borders on absurd.
  5. At first, Ma Mère is shocking and even alluring, but it doesn't take long for the conceit to wear thin, especially since the characters so rarely act as recognizable humans.
  6. This tale of disaffected sexual depravity is practically a parody of the worst of French filmmaking.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. PrudenceK.
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    Louis Garrel and Isabelle Huppert both deserve Oscar for their chilling performances! Incredible film. The best film I've ever seen of all time. Expand
  2. Rob
    Nov 5, 2005
    6
    This movie fails on almost every level except for 2 heavily important ones: the acting, and the depiction of how one wreckles soul can destroy the lives and steal the innocence of everybody she comes into contact with. Expand

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