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A Mother (2015)

Une mère (original title)
Marie lives with her son,Guillaume ,a deficient teenager,according to psychologists .The boy ,expelled from high school,cannot find a steady job.Marie's relationship with her son has reached a dead end .


Christine Carrière (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathilde Seigner ... Marie
Kacey Mottet Klein ... Guillaume
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Pierre
Salomé Dewaels Salomé Dewaels ... Suzanne
Fiona Hernout Fiona Hernout ... Lorianne
Jenny Clève ... La grand-mère
Catherine Salée ... L'amie prof de danse
Eloïse Charretier Eloïse Charretier ... La vendeuse pâtisserie
Charlotte Talpaert Charlotte Talpaert ... La maîtresse de Pierre
Simon Ferrante Simon Ferrante ... Le commissaire
Emmanuel Plovier Emmanuel Plovier ... Le proviseur
Nicolas Degremont Nicolas Degremont ... Le médecin
Gabriel Lebret Gabriel Lebret ... Martin
Sandy Sulon Sandy Sulon ... Vincent
Romain Deschildre Romain Deschildre ... Killian


Marie lives with her son, Guillaume, a deficient teenager,according to psychologists. The boy ,expelled from high school,cannot find a steady job.Marie's relationship with her son has reached a dead end .He's always hanging about with his pals with whom he may (or may not) have run over a father of four children .Her ex-companion,Pierre , cannot really support her and ,although she does not consider herself beaten ,her fight seems already lost. Written by dbdumonteil

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The night of the iguana
14 April 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In 2007,Christine Carrière made one of the most depressive films of the last decade: "Darling" .

Eight years later ,the director is almost as pessimistic: her heroine has seen it all before :she wishes she had no son .Their first scene shows that the relationship with Guillaume has reached a dead end.She speaks,he acts as though she 's not here ,she's a piece of furniture ,and he's more interested in the pet(?) iguana : when he deigns to look at her,he just mumbles .

Marie,played with remarkable restraint by Mathilde Seignier tries and tries,but her fight is already lost ;she feeds Guillaume,she tries to find him a job, she shows him that she's not that much old ,she tries to be nice with his girlfriend ,she sometimes even takes care of a little girl who is not hers .A woman is not a saint and when he threatens her with a gun ,how can she cope with that?And however she does not consider herself defeated ,and one of the last scenes shows her helping her son write a covering letter,just before he leaves again with his pals (with whom he may or may not have run over and killed a father of four.)

Guillaume is considered a deficient teenager by the shrinks and the psychologists ;he may appear selfish and brutal;but he has a sensitive side,he 's a tormented soul : he feels guilt of his girlfriend 's disease whereas there's nothing of the sort ,he tries to draw closer to his grandma ;and Pierre, his mom 's ex-companion is not really a man to pattern yourself upon .

Almost all the scenes are filmed in darkness;the only long conversation between Marie and Pierre deals with death ;and if it were not enough,when Guillaume is asked about his possible occupation ,he immediately answers:"undertaker,there's no unemployment " .Even the birthday celebration is sad .

Christine Carrière dedicated her movie to her own mom .

Like "Darling " ,as French movies specialist Philippe Guenot wrote ,it's not a movie for all tastes ;but in the "feel good"" tendency of the present French scene ,it's good to show the other side of the mirror.

Minor quibble:why not a song in French over the final cast and credits?

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