Critic Reviews for Mammal
As delicately drawn by Daly and co-writer Glenn Montgomery, the nervous, mutually tip-toed bond that reveals itself between Margaret and Joe runs counter to the luridly melodramatic lines threatened by the premise.
Daly has crafted a carefully calibrated portrait of emotional loss in its various manifestations.
The story is ponderous, the scenes of violence that shatter the downbeat mood are largely unconvincing, and the film's detached questioning of human behaviour fails to engage emotionally as the film wanders to an unsatisfactory end.
Sensitively judged, totally committed performances from Rachel Griffiths and Barry Keoghan carry a tale that edges towards Greek tragedy in its treatment of the fragile, twisted bond between mothers and sons.
The two leads interlock seamlessly and make for a uniquely unnerving 'odd couple' in a film that is all the more spellbinding for the distance it keeps from us.
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