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Mammoth (2006)

Michelle Williams , Gael Garcia Bernal , Lukas Moodysson  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michelle Williams, Gael Garcia Bernal
  • Directors: Lukas Moodysson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003498RRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mammoth" on IMDb

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Gael García Bernal (BABEL, AMORES PERROS) and Oscar®-nominee Michelle Williams (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) star in the English-language debut of internationally acclaimed writer/director Lukas Moodysson. Leo (Bernal) is a successful web developer. His wife Ellen (Williams) is a dedicated emergency room surgeon. Their New York City workaholic ways leave little time for their 8-year-old daughter, who is mostly cared for by their Filipino nanny (a breakthrough performance by Marife Necesito). But when a series of personal decisions triggers a chain of events on the other side of the world, will they discover the rippling effects of life s smallest choices? Thomas McCarthy (THE WIRE) co-stars in this powerful family drama about imperfect lives, fateful actions and the epic ironies that bind us all together.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Watching the Children? July 8, 2011
By HMU123
The chubby hand of a Thai infant clutches a cellphone into which her prostitute mom sings a lullaby during a break from work. Such images from the modern world cut to the heart of this fascinating, multiply-perspectived look at children, how we try to nurture and protect them, and how these attempts can go terribly wrong.

The century's first decade brought a small trend in movies that linked ostensibly unrelated people in a patchwork of intersecting lives and coincidence (e.g., Babel, Traffic, Crash, Amores Perros). But Moodysson weaves a different web-of-life theme, focusing less on synchronicity, more on interpersonal distance--of mothers from children, husbands from wives, wealth from poverty, our immersion in technology versus a yearning for the natural world.

Mammoth's story spins around Leo, a wealthy Web game designer; his wife, Ellen, an ER surgeon; 7-year-old daughter Jackie; and her nanny, Gloria, who sends her salary home to 2 children in the Philippines. These SoHo dwellers live in a house brimming with material wealth--a fridge overflowing with food, though mom can't do more than slice an apple, a child's room oozing FAO Schwartz--yet the only truly comforting place appears to be a gigantic pillow on which the family plays in the rare moments when all three are together in one place.

Moodysson deftly tacks between NYC, the Philippines, and Thailand, where Leo travels to ink a deal on a new Website, while struggling to enjoy Bangkok's charms. His psychic tension mirrors that of the other characters, who can't seem to derive pleasure from their current surroundings, however superficially copacetic they may be.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I had quite looked forward to and expected to enjoy the "Babel"-esque indie "Mammoth." A big fan of the Swedish film "Lilja 4-ever," I was eager to see writer/director Lukas Moodysson's first English speaking endeavor. And yet, while I might acknowledge that "Mammoth" is a well made and well intentioned effort, there was something that was a bit dramatically inert. I was never really drawn into the story, and when it tried for overt emotional connection (musical montage of overlapping characters, a heightened sense of danger and tragedy for the finale), those moments just didn't ring true. It's unfortunate, I think Moodysson is undeniably talented--I think he just tried too hard to build a prestige piece instead of developing a more organic plot line.

Telling four concurrent and interrelated stories, "Mammoth" follows an American businessman to Thailand, stays with his doctor wife in New York, explores the relationship between their daughter and her nanny, and depicts the nanny's family in the Philippines. Gael García Bernal, whom I like a lot, plays the father in this scenario and, unfortunately, the least convincing side to this square. A self proclaimed former hippie, García Bernal has become a success in the field of gaming and looks at the world with an innocence and optimism that made my head explode. Really, he's like a idealistic six year old that has gone overseas to secure a 45 million dollar investment--it's really quite unsettling. His foray into the Thailand culture may lead to temptations he will be unable to resist. His wife, the always welcome Michelle Williams, struggles as an absentee parent and has a particularly hard hitting incident at the hospital.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! September 24, 2012

Incredibly well acted movie and brutally realistic something Hollywood seems to miss very often. I really can't say that for this particular movie so and so actor or actress was better. Everyone gave an incredible performance. My respects especially to Michelle Williams and the Filipino actress. Their pain as mothers was raw and palpable and if there is one think this movie has further taught me is to view people as individuals and leave preconceptions and stereotypes racially based out. She was working in the US so that her children back home could have a better future. It is these people that are often underrepresented, the hard working ones, NOT the ones that come to live off governmental aid and create more problems. My highest admiration and respect for these people, they deserve it!! Gael once again delivers a wonderful performance. HIGHLY recommended.

I have read most of the comments here and I really DO NOT understand just what the Hell people want in a film. Comments like "Nothing Special" 'Didn't connect on a emotional level" "Overly Sentimental" bring one question to mind; Have we become that insensitive and apathetic? Overly Sentimental and sappy?!! Seriously!!? A doctor crying b/c she connected on an emotional level with her patient is pointless?! A women crying over the fact that her children are far away is equally pointless? A woman who sells her body for a living singing to her little daughter is sappy?! I see that as being human and this movie reflects in a lot of ways the troubles in our current society/world. Count me any given day as sappy and overly sentimental if this is what this movie is considered. If you really want to see silly, ridiculous, over the top acting and sappy and sentimentality at its very best there are plenty of ridiculous Hollywood so called "romantic" comedies out there to watch. I HIGHLY recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Jose O. Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Merits a larger audience
Utterly surprised that this movie has not merited a very large exposure (be it good or bad).

When so many useless, trash films (Project X or the The Spring Breakers)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zeufon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting perspective. Food for thoughts.
Published 2 months ago by Emanuela
5.0 out of 5 stars Mammoth...amazing
I will watch anything with Gael Garcia Bernard and teaming up with Michelle Williams just made me enjoy this film even more. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Minas
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
This is a bittersweet movie about the complications of our modern world, and revels the way in which it isn't working at all levels.It's got a sadness to it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amy Lemmer
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I received this product very quickly! I just think that the movie wasn't that great. Other then that my experience was
Published 22 months ago by Maureen McDonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Realistic Film
I watched this twice and will watch it again in the future. The acting was very good. The story is sad. It shows how our societies/economies cause families to be broken up. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Sheela
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
This movie had no point. I watched it expecting something big or fascinating would happen. The description of this movie made it seem like some great masterpiece but it was nothing... Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and inspiring, has nothing to do with Babel
Great acting, amazing director, a very contemporary style. The intertwined stories are moving and feel genuine (besides the surgeon/new age enterprenuer angles). Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Gloria Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars learn something.
excellent. consistent with real life and full of power. medical scenes were realistic too, a rarity in movies and on tv. loved it, like a good book. Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by manstein
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