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While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.
|Crew :||Lukas Moodysson /|
|Cast :||Gael García Bernal Michelle Williams Marife Necesito Sophie Nyweide Tom McCarthy|
|Genre :||Drama Romance|
Smooth drama about nowadays different societies and families---Mammoth it's a smooth synopsis of the contrast between the societies that nowadays live on the same planet. On the movie we can see the life of two families from different levels: the life of and American rich family and the life of its maid, a thai family. The maid is an emigrant from Thailand that moved to US looking for cash to maintain her family. Despite the movie has a some criticism, it is extremely smooth compared with how much it can be. It's not a documentary, OK, but if you want to be criticize the differences between societies and make a drama, be truth and faith to the real world. Otherwise, the only thing you do is show the people the tip of the iceberg and they spectators continue being unworried about the problems. But the movie, instead of being focused on the society differences, it is more focus on one of the things that most really matters: the family. The movie is also critique with the people nowadays, they spend more time in their jobs working than with the family. , but when feeling bad or when need somebody, they feel alone, they need to share their sadness the only thing they have is the family, but it it's the last place they go to.
more interested in making a point---Leo Vidales (Gael García Bernal) is the successful creator of a video game website. His wife Ellen Vidales (Michelle Williams) is a stressed emergency room surgeon. They are away most of the time. Their daughter Jackie spends most of her days with the Filipino nanny Gloria. Leo goes to Bangkok on a business trip. He decides to relive his younger days by backpacking and meets prostitute Cookie. Ellen connects with a young patient and struggles with her relationship to her own child. Gloria is also struggling with her two young sons asking for her to return.Writer/director Lukas Moodysson seems more intent in making a point than making a compelling dramatic movie. For the most part, this moves at a snail's pace. The three separate stories are making some interesting points about exploitation, responsibility, and connectivity. There are problems when the three stories are combined to make a bigger point. Maybe there is no big point to be had. None of it matters because the plot meanders so slowly in the first half.
Not really that good---Well, I like all of the actors but let's talk about their characters in this movie. While Michelle Williams as mother/wife/doctor is trying to save a boy's life in NYC...the happily married man - her husband - gets bored waiting for a business deal to go through and has a beach vacation with a young prostitute (and I note he fails to tell his wife he might be HIV infected by the prostitute). Also, I don't think the nanny would have left the girl Jackie alone without calling to tell her mother...you don't ask a 7 year old to do that. And the nanny's mother blew it by telling her grandson that the kids go at night and get money "sleeping" with someone. (What an unfortunate reminder that it is Westerners who keep the child prostitution going there.) And to add to the dreariness of the characters,the pace of the movie was horrendously slow. There was a heaviness, too...so on my list to never watch it again.
How to make a boring film out of a good idea---I've seen thousands of movies (literary!), and I have no troubles with watching movies which are different. What troubles me are boring movies. A film can be about everything without being boring. Even everyday life and work. But a film about everyday life needs a plot or a point to it. I guess this film is about world wide connections, and about the world and making money to fulfill people's dreams. In a sick world. And it's A film with lots of use of mobile phones. More or less pointless. Maybe there's a connection I don't get here. I'm used to look out for details in film, proving to be important pieces of the film puzzle later on in the movie. Here there's much pointless things happening that it ruins the experience. The important thing here appends in the last half hour, and they are made almost unimportant. I find that almost provoking to both the viewer and to the actors doing their best in this.Still, I have to say I'm not that sure about the theme. Did I understand it? Because I feel more and more empty while watching this. The opposite of what I expected, and it annoys me. And it is getting worse and worse. The script might be confusing, or just uninteresting. I didn't want to watch a film witch could have been my own working day or holiday. I really don't buy that these people are so bored.This is absolutely a great idea, but it's not well made. The cutting rhythm is so annoying, that it seems unprofessional. The tedious focusing of the camera is a Moodyson trade marque, and it functions well in a couple of his movies, but here it's not that suitable.I've enjoyed some of Moodysons earlier films, but I found this very unfulfilled. Some of his work has been both good and important. But this is far off. The cutting is annoying, and so is the actors, and the music. Not a good way to start, but the worst is that the film music promises something exciting, which really never happens. The aim characters are living quite interesting lives, but we almost are bored with they're every day life.Mammoth is a film which should be buried in the ice like the Mammoths. Hope Moodysons gets well soon!
Lack of content---Haven seeing the good reviews of the movies I was waiting till the end of the 120 minutes of the movie for something to happen. The story only take the daily conflict of rich new yorkers and Philippians people 'drama' but without any real insight or resolution. This is a story worth telling. Unfortunately these characters are presented in a TOTALLY unbelievable way. Nobody needs a lesson on class struggle in such a naive and distorted form. Equaling being poor with "wholesome goodness" is even more superficial. The movie story stays on the superficial aspects of reality. From the cast, production and photography even it's shoot in NY and Philippines it doesn't take any advantage of the locations scenarios. In summary: it's one of the most plain movies I've seeing, with a 'soap opera' story style. Not recommended at all.