Portrait déroutant et éblouissant d'un fils et sa mère, tous deux entraînés dans une relation terrifiante qui suspend le spectateur dans le temps, ce film d'Honoré, réalisateur cher à mon âme, ne peut laisser de marbre quant à la transgression des limites et la question de l'interdit dans une société vouée à la névrose et aux comportements brimés d'une humanité désoeuvrée.
This film looks at taboo subjects honestly. I do not like films that profess to be erotic or to portray sexual subjects while showing explicit female nudity but not male. In Ma Mere this is not the case. As such it is, in my opinion, far more equitable then "The Dreamer" by Bertolucci which shows no frontal male nudity and thus is heterosexist and sexist. Ma Mere is not this. Kudos to an open fearless exploration.
Very disappointing. I love Isabelle Huppert, and I like Louis Garrel, too but I was worse than bored watching them mechanically go through a laundry list of sexual perversions. Literally, it's like they had a list and were checking them off, one by one. It ends with a sexual perversion that is meant to be shocking, but I was left just shaking my head, shocked that Huppert had agreed to such a meaningless exercise.
Film sauvage et sexuel. Une claque dans la gueule comme le furent La Grande Bouffle, Dernier Tango à Paris ou l'Empire des Sens. HUPPERT - en Messaline assumée mais en perdition - foudroie son rejeton (GARREL) de sa hauteur vertigineuse & vacillante. ===== Wild & sexy. A slap in the face as were Last Tango in Paris or the Empire of the Senses. A sinking Messaline dominates her son of her flickering & dizzying height.
On second viewing one still marvels at the ferocity of Huppert's performance but has added admiration for the carnality of Joana Preiss, the initial naïvete of Louis Garrel and the burgeoning hope of Emma de Caunes The story from a novel by Georges Bataille has a mother introduce her son to the world of hedonism and what follows is a decent into depravity, kink and possible transcendence...or tragedy. Top marks.
The universe of immorality expressed in the movie is flawless. I guess I should've watched this movie before as I'm really into Honoré. I pretty much enjoyed it and the final scene has such a great taste.