Seductively disturbing and disturbingly seductive, Ma Mere is a film that pulls no
punches. It addresses Oedipal urges head on, and then sets about fulfilling those urges in the most
nightmarish of ways.
Director Christophe Honore` uses a setting that is almost surrealistically sublime as a counterpoint to the
agony within the main characters. Both Isabelle Huppert and the lovely Louis Garrel capture the essence of
their respective tortured film personas with understated elegance.
This film is certainly not for those who are not willing to intellectually examine what they would not entertain
in real life. There are very few merciful moments in the onslaught of raw
For the rest of us, Ma Mere is a stimulating challenge, rare enough in cinema. However, be aware
that this film, which is rated NC17 in the U.S., is only suitable for select, emotionally mature adults.
Genre: Psyco-Sexual Drama With Bisexuality and Homo-Eroticism