Mammoth

2009

Drama / Romance

103
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 9,517

Synopsis


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Cast

Gael García Bernal as Ernesto Guevara de la Serna
Michelle Williams as Ellen Vidales
Tom McCarthy as Palmer Williams
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1.12 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
125 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tigerfish50 8 / 10 / 10

Dark light at the end of the tunnel.

Like Innaritu's "Babel", Lukas Moodysson's "Mammoth" focuses on groups of people who share connections with each other, as well as the dilemma of family members parted from their loved ones by the need to earn a living in the global economy. At the film's opening Leo is some kind of computer game whiz, living the American dream with his wife Ellen and a delightful 7 Y-O daughter in a vast apartment high above the streets of Manhattan. Their child's nanny Gloria resides with them, but this conscientious immigrant worker's warm exterior conceals a growing agitation at being separated from two young sons, who live with their grandmother back in the Philippines. The idealistic, unworldly Leo must travel to Thailand for the signing of a business deal. As he sets off on his trip Ellen works a punishing schedule as an E.R. surgeon, fretting that she's losing her daughter's affection to Gloria, and compensating for this anxiety by getting emotionally entangled in the case of a child who has been brutally stabbed by his mother. After arriving at his Bangkok luxury hotel, Leo pines for his family, exchanging disjointed voice-mails with Ellen while he waits for the lawyers to conclude their negotiations. Eventually he escapes the city for a remote beach resort, where he befriends a young prostitute after rejecting her professional advances. The film takes its time building up the pressure, but it's no great hardship watching such a talented cast heating up the stew until the pot boils over. After the storm breaks, Moodysson seems determined to avoid sentimentality, and tosses his characters into a whirlpool of heavyweight turmoil. When calm is restored, it's clear the struggles of the poor will always be remorseless and life-threatening - but the film's closing moments suggest that Leo and Ellen might also suffer some devastating future upheavals. In contrast to "Babel's" more hopeful conclusion, "Mammoth's" audience might wonder if it deserved such a tough lesson that momentary lapses can lead to bitter consequences, and bad things happen to decent people.

Reviewed by mathias-43 8 / 10 / 10

the long black wait

Now that Moodysson is back from the grave (oh, but what a fine grave it was) there is ridiciously high hopes for this first international production. It usually takes about five to fifteen minutes before I get tangled up in his movies, this time though it toke almost half an hour. Mammoth is of course more complex, with much more going on at the same time in different parts of the world, than his other works. Or not more complex, maybe just wider. Nevermind; it's a fine piece of cinema, great storytelling and speaks grimly to us about the world we're raping, the time we're wasting and the people suffering becaurse of our western lifestyles. Mostly it's about the children who are crushed in the middle of our lost struggle to make a life, buy more stuff or just to survive. Does that make sense? The movie does, in a sad way.

Reviewed by mzojala 8 / 10 / 10

Captivating critique of the global condition

Mammoth is an ambitious, highly contemplative take on the implications of global capitalism for individuals, families and communities. Moodysson illustrates a world in which market economy as the Western way of life both encourages and obliges human action that, irrespective of one's intentions, reproduces unequal social relations and reinforces existing power structures. One could criticize Moodysson of presenting only conservative, private solutions for the social problems caused by globalization. The protagonists do not try to face their social circumstance head on or to find political ways for addressing their situation. In stead of seeking social change through collective action, family becomes of central importance. Only some vague escapist dreams are left for the disillusioned workers at both ends of the global working class. Despite the film's fatalism, Moodysson succeeds beautifully in constructing a convincing and authentic interpretation of the 21st century social reality of global interconnectedness. The tragedy of highly educated Western professionals that Mammoth portrays lies in the fact that they are conscious of the disastrous social and ecological consequences of their actions, yet find themselves completely unable to transform the social condition.

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