Ma mère

"Astonishing, Isabelle Huppert is fearless!"
Dennis Dermody, PAPER MAGAZINE
"Disturbing... compelling, Ma Mère is a fierce confrontation of the most difficult of taboos... this is powerful, uncompromising cinema!"
Jonathan Trout, BBC
"Remember when we used to sit through European existential dramas for the hot sex? Ma Mère... will carry you back to those golden days..."
Andrew OHehir, SALON


Upon discovering her husband has died in a car crash, Hélène (Isabelle Huppert) launches into a wild series of parties, gradually involving her son Pierre (Louis Garrel) in her drugging, drinking and sex-fuelled nights out. When she mysteriously flees, her son is left in the care of her mistress Réa (Joana Preiss) and Hansi (Emma de Caunes), an icy blonde sadist with whom he falls in love. As the film evolves, we realize that this is a period of initiation for the young man until his mother can return and fully bring him to sexual maturity and adulthood.
Original Languages: French
Genre: Drama|World Cinema
Running Time: 110 min.
Year: 2004


Emma de Caunes (Hansi)
Isabelle Huppert (Hélène)
Louis Garrel (Pierre, the Son)
Christophe Honore



Left to right: Emma de Caunes as Hansi and Louis Garrel as Pierre.
Left to right: Isabelle Huppert as Hélène and Louis Garrel as Pierre.
Left to right: Joana Preiss as Rea and Isabelle Huppert as Hélène.
Left to right: Louis Garrel as Pierre and Emma de Caunes as Hansi.
Isabelle Huppert as Hélène.