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Ma Mère (2004)
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ӡѺ: CHRISTOPHE HONORÉ

ʴ: Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel

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ѭҵ: France

rated: +18

 

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Georges Bataille’s posthumous novel about the sexual initiation of a young man provides the structure for Christophe Honoré’s powerful study of emotional dependency, shame and transgressive love. Honoré restages Bataille’s story in the tourist haven of the Canary Islands, emblematic of the link between sexuality and consumption. Pierre (Louis Garrel), a moody and disaffected teenager, visits his affectionate but distant mother, Hélène (Isabelle Huppert), whose unabashed sexual behaviour challenges his ideas of religion and sexuality. When Pierre’s father dies unexpectedly in a car accident, the sexual tension between mother and son crystalises into a dangerous acknowledgment of their desires, leading ultimately to death. Huppert is cold and fiercely guarded as Hélène, a challenging role that she avoids reducing to pathology. Honoré, himself a writer, fleshes out Bataille’s unfinished manuscript with references to contemporaries such as Dennis Cooper, Don Delillo and Sarah Kane. He refrains from moralising and from eroticising the subjects of his film. Following Bataille, he understands the eye can be a space of both terror and insurmountable joy.








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