Mammuth (2011)





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After turning 60, working-class man Serge (Grard Depardieu) decides to retire and is ready to reap his pensioners rewards. He runs into the implacable wall of bureaucracy after finding out that his former employers have neglected to declare his earnings. To receive full benefits he needs to go back to them and gather the missing affidavits. Encouraged by his wife, our hero climbs his old 1970s Mammoth motorcycle and sets off on a trip to recover lost wages and buried memories. As he reconnects … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gustave de Kervern, Benoît Delépine
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On DVD: Sep 19, 2011
Olive Films - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Mammuth

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

"Mammuth" has the distressed, gritty look of a 1970s movie. (It was shot on Super 16 reversal film.) But it takes its cues from some of the less-appealing aspects of that era's freewheeling style, in particular a sort of curdled whimsy.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Too limp and scattershot to warrant anything stronger than indifference...

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Depardieu makes the most of it. Because of him, such surreal Gallic scuzziness has rarely seemed so sweetly tender.

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The gauche humour of 'Mammuth' camouflages a sweet torch song to the struggles of the working class in the face of private- and public-sector indifference.

Full Review… | June 1, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Cynical and sentimental by turns, Mammuth takes a ride on the wild side, but well within speed limits.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Film Journal International

A wan road comedy with pretensions that can be jettisoned for the inevitable John Travolta remake.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mammuth

After ten years of faithful service to a slaughterhouse, Serge(Gerard Depardieu) is given a party and a jigsaw puzzle by his co-workers. Retirement does not end up agreeing with him or his wife Catherine(Yolande Moreau) who ends up hating him loafing around the house and her demotion to the fish counter. Salvation for the former comes from a surprising direction when it turns out Serge will have to get affidavits for every odd job he has performed in order to get his full pension.

Given the movie's plot, it should come as no surprise that the story is on the episodic side. "Mammuth" takes that to extremes by almost appearing to resemble Serge's 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle at times. Even then, it does not provide all the pieces, including one scene that is 3/4 totally wrong. The picture that we do get involves a man whose life was thrown sideways early in life, as he continues to be haunted by Isabelle Adjani.(Notice how some people have all the luck.) But sadly the movie wants to apply that notion to all minimum wage employees who struggle through life through no fault of their own.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Directors Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine in this movie combined intense Frenchness with a kind of English comedy-sensibility the best possible way and they got weird movie which is fummy and sad! Gérard Depardieu was a real star even in very unusual scenes which Kervern and Delépine sometimes unexpectedly spring on the viewer, just to keep us all off balance (one of those scenes shows Depardieu engaging in the kind of activity with his cousin which is almost always reserved for teenagers in the movies)...

A fat, resentful and slow-witted man called Serge, riding a motorbike "Mammuth" is uncompromisingly unsympathetic. His wife is working in a supermarket (played by Yolande Moreau) and she, too, is massively unsympathetic. And two of them in a story when Serge retires from his job in a meat-packing plant - does not promise a lot... it'll be your mistake to assume that!

Serge must now tour around the country on his old motorbike, collecting the lost payslips and documents that prove his employment history and this is a chance for us to travel with him into his dodgy dark past haunted by the ghost of an old girlfriend, played by the beautiful Isabelle Adjani.

Enjoy this unexpected journey in full! I really did!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


Having two rather unsympathetic characters as your leads isn't a problem for me, especially when they are played by Gerard Depardieu and the fearless Yolande Moreau at the top of their game. What I did find troubling with Mammuth however is that it is (ironically) so slight, it barely exists. The promising, pretty funny start sets up what could have been a decent, off-beat road movie, with Serge tasked to seek out his many past employers in order to get enough pay-slips or affidavits in order to draw his pension. Though this does indeed remain the 'hanger' for the film, we are mostly given over to indulging in "kooky" scenes that have absolutely no weight, little point, and quickly start to grate - such as the continual concentrations on Serge's "free-spirited" (psychotic) niece Miss Ming. Running through is a thread that remains disappointingly under-explored about Serge's past and his guilt over the death of a beautiful young woman. There are some scenes that work (a bizarre, funny sequence where Serge is re-united with his now elderly cousin and they try and wank each other off as they once did when they were kids, abandoning their attempts when cramp sets in) and others that simply do not. The final scene is disarmingly sweet and moving and ends the film on a high, and though there is good work from the leads and occasionally some interesting things to say about the human condition, too much of the short running time is annoying or forgettable and overall Mammuth disappoints.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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