Mammoth (Mammut) (2009)

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Three years after his "experimental" phase wrapped with the jarring, iconoclastic Container, Swedish enfant terrible Lukas Moodysson returned for this sprawling, ambitious social drama. Echoing Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel and featuring two Hollywood A-listers as his leads, Mammoth also marked the director's premier English-language project. Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal co-star as Ellen and Leo, New York marrieds; she's an emergency-room surgeon, he's a listless, vaguely dissatisfied Internet game designer. They have a family, albeit an unconventional and dysfunctional one: seven-year-old daughter Jackie (Sophie Nyweide) is practically being raised by a 24/7 Filipino caregiver, Gloria (Marife Necesito), who dotes on her incessantly. This provokes the envy of Ellen and the resentment of Gloria's two geographically estranged sons, Manuel (Martin Delos Santos) and Salvador (Jan Nicdao), who repeatedly phone their mom from Manila and plead with her to come home. Gloria's mother grows so distressed by this behavior that she attempts to show Salvador just how easy his life is in comparison to that of others, which leads to unanticipated tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Leo teams up with a shifty associate, Bob (Tom McCarthy), flies to Thailand, and encounters a freewheeling, laid-back working mother named Cookie (Run Srinikornchot). Step by step, the actions that Leo takes while abroad create a domino effect and alter everyone's lives in irreversible ways.
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Cast

Sophie Nyweide
as Jackie Vidales
Tom McCarthy
as Robert "Bob" Sanders
Jan Nicdao
as Salvador
María del Carmen
as Grandmother
Perry Dizon
as Uncle Fernando
Joseph Mydell
as Ben Jackson
Caesar Kobb
as Anthony
Matthew James Ryder
as Colleague of Bob Sanders
Piromya Sootrak
as Cookie's daughter
Ian Stevens
as Boy #1
Pennapa Udomsin
as Masseuse
Ofelia B. Ruivivar
as Sari salesperson
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Critic Reviews for Mammoth (Mammut)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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An interesting idea, but Mammoth's good intentions -- like its characters' -- are lost somewhere in the delivery.

Full Review… | November 3, 2010
Time Out
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Too many films exploit the perils faced by children when the social contract is ruptured, but Mammoth earns its cruel, sensationalistic turns and then some.

Full Review… | November 22, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The overlapping stories, the emotional disconnect, the heavy-handed symbolism -- no, it's not a movie from the makers of Babel, its a mumbling, stammering copycat drama from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
New York Daily News
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In Mammoth, when a rich child eats her lunch in New York, a poor boy in the Philippines cries. And so it goes, as privilege begets exploitation with grimly deterministic logic and pages and pages of bad dialogue.

November 20, 2009
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mammoth (Mammut)

½

Good movie. Have been seeing this going cheap on Blu ray for a while now. Was tempted to buy it, but glad I watched it on tv instead, as I don't know that it is a movie I would want to watch again. (though I did like it). It's pretty much a movie about unhappy people. I could see what they were aiming for with the parallels. Ie, Michelle Williams plays a working mum who doesn't have enough time to spend with her family. Meanwhile the Filipino nanny is working for her, practically raising her daughter, while she misses her own little boys at home in the philippines. I found both these women sympathetic. Less so the husband. The story about what happens to the young son of the nanny is horrific. I think the stories were a comment on life today and priorities, but I couldn't get the point about the husband. So he cheats with a young girl and gets away with it. Were we meant to pity him in some way? I certainly didn't! Overall a good movie which maybe I didn't quite get, but good acting and great soundtrack.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Fragmented, but coherent, Mammoth comparatively narrates domestic drama in different social-cultural settings. Heaving with stereotypes, Mammoth concluded in accomplishment of imparting a definite set of emotions with the audiences.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

'Where do all the children play?' Disregard the film synopsis. These interwined stories, from varying cultural standpoints, confront and question post-modern values. The pursuit of money to better our lives and childrens' exacts a high price. Each character determines if the cost is worth it. This film's direction, symbolism and 'message' is far from subtle.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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