Based on George Bataille’s posthumous and controversial novel: When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity.
The allure of motherhood has attracted filmmakers since cinema’s early days—the large legacy of indelible on-screen mums proves it. With the fearless Huppert (who else?) as his partner in crime, Honoré boldly pushes boundaries in Ma Mère, a sun-drenched, transgressive tale of incest and obsession.
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.
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.
Certes, la transgression et la subversion inhérentes, intrinsèques à l’œuvre de Bataille sont présentes. Mais la mise en scène ne porte pas le propos, ne le traduit pas de manière assez puissante. Honoré montre mais on ne sent pas. La volonté de le faire est pourtant là, la deuxième partie tente et sauve le tout, tant bien que mal.