Ma mère ★½

When you court controversy but you're just boring.

There's a slice of the film involving the character Hansi, which improves the experience: the actress, Emma de Caunes, makes her the best part of the movie. There's a funny internal monologue about her ass, how it makes the son realize he never really believed in God. Most of the movie is a contrived portrayal of bourgeois unhappiness leading to an olympics of hedonism. There's nothing to hail—ironic, because that's a point of the movie. So much for Isabelle Huppert and Mother Mary to guide us into our weakness, when the method that delivers that message is so much weaker.

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