If Lukas Moodysson has a style, I haven’t found it in the few films I’ve had the chance to see. I enjoyed Fucking Amal well enough (our Movie Club Podcast discussion was excellent) and I didn’t make it through all of A Hole in My Heart but with an international production starring Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams in starring roles, I thought I’d give the director a chance to wow me. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
The story of interconnected lives, Mammoth stars Bernal as Leo, a successful web entrepreneur married to Ellen, an equally successful doctor played by Williams. The two share a life in Soho with their daughter and the help of Gloria, their Philippine nanny. While on a business trip which isn’t going quite as smoothly as planned, Leo takes off on a mini vacation and ends up in a beach hut in Thailand where, after some moral interplay, he has a one night affair with a local prostitute. Back home, Ellen is going through some difficult times at work while at home she feels like her daughter is more attached to her nanny than to her mother. All the while, poor Gloria is working hard in the US while her children are missing her at home.
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