New Yorker Films | Release Date: May 18, 2007
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jeremypOct 29, 2013
A descent into a dysfunctional family in the french style of film as observation. Isabelle Huppert plays a divorced mother of two young male adult sons, who seem like dumb and dumber with anger and dependency issues. There are hints that theA descent into a dysfunctional family in the french style of film as observation. Isabelle Huppert plays a divorced mother of two young male adult sons, who seem like dumb and dumber with anger and dependency issues. There are hints that the mother is unclear about boundaries, and unclear about the role of motherhood, and aching for some freedom. However the ties that ensnare them run deep and the immaturity and shallowness of the sons is matched by the mother's impotency, Scariest of all is the blond son, a teeming morass of a budding infantile sociopath, but as impotent as his mother, but not quite as dependent as his simpler brother. We know there is not going to be any acceptable resolution to the pathology, and it will take a tragedy to break the force of gravity that holds them enmeshed, but that break will be temporary. Expand
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