AKA: My Mother
Directed by: Christophe Honoré
Starring: Isabelle Huppert (Helene), Louis Garrel (Pierre), Emma de Caunes (Hansi), Joana Preiss (Rea)
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Genres: BDSM, Old-Young Relationships, Family, Incest
Plot – Spoilers:
Pierre’s finished with boarding school and joins his wealthy parents at their villa. Mostly brought up by his grandmother, he’s particularly happy to see his mother Helene who’s been a strong yet elusive figure in his life.
Over the next few days, Helene enters and leaves Pierre’s waking hours abruptly and without notice. Pierre pines for her presence, and while Helene is obviously attached to him, she has a fatalistic view to their relationship and is hellbent on remaining distant.
Father dies in an accident shortly, and Pierre soon discovers certain aspects about his parents’ relationship and his own nature.
Ma Mere is a shocking yet tragic experience. Favorite scenes include Pierre losing his virginity in public and the tender emptiness of the room and its occupants as mother offers herself to son.