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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.Read more ›
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 thing 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 government 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.
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.Read more ›
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Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams are wonderful actors, but they seemed like they were on a bad date that went on for too long. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Michelle Williams is the greatest actor to come out of the Dawson"s Creek series! She is an independent film Queen. I haven't been disappointed with anything she has done. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bruce W. Imfeld
Typical european style movie. Lot of dialog less action. I prefer ours movie production.Published 18 months ago by Marus
Utterly surprised that this movie has not merited a very large exposure (be it good or bad).
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I will watch anything with Gael Garcia Bernard and teaming up with Michelle Williams just made me enjoy this film even more. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Minas
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 morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Amy Lemmer