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Pah to logic and believability!
Not unlike Ali MacGraw in the equally apocryphal Love Story, the closer our heroine inches toward death's door, the more physically attractive she becomes. Phooey!
This is an old-school tearjerker, designed to get audiences sniffling in the dark.
Long before anyone in "Ma Ma" expires, the movie does.
"Ma Ma" clearly wants to be tearjerker, but there's no need to have tissues handy for this one.
Though it stars the versatile, always watchable Penélope Cruz, who shows an expected flair for charismatic saintliness, even she can't rescue this impossibly beatific melodrama.
Featuring one of Penélope Cruz's greatest ever performances, Ma Ma is an exemplar of what a classy director can do with potentially soapy material.
... the schmaltz accumulates to near-surrealist heights...
You'd call it offensive if the faux-deep dialogue and karaoke-singing gynaecologists were not merely ludicrous.
Though Ma ma's melodramatic DNA is hampered by Medem's austere aesthetic, there's still enough inherent emotional power to satisfy the casual arthouse crowd looking for alternative foreign fare this summer.
Ma Ma, at best minor Medem, unfolds like an afternoon TV movie that's been at the sherry, or placed on the heaviest of medication.
About as cheery as getting prepped for surgery.
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