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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 with old friends, Serge discovers that their idea of him is vastly at odds with his self-image; salvation comes to him from his young niece, who awakens the happy poet that lies dormant inside him. -- (C) Olive Films
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Yolande Moreau
as Catherine
Miss Ming
as Miss Ming
Isabelle Adjani
as The Lost Lover
Benoît Poelvoorde
as The Competitor
as Pension Fund Employee
Philippe Nahon
as Director of the Retirement Home
Bouli Lanners
as Recruiting Agent
Anna Mouglalis
as Fake Crippled
Albert Delpy
as The Cousin
Bruno Lochet
as Restaurant Guest 1
Rémy Roubakha
as Restaurant Guest 2
Joseph Dahan
as Restaurant Guest 3
Gustave de Kervern
as Delicatessen Employee
Stéphanie Pillonca
as Restaurant Waitress
Jawad Enejjaz
as Judge of Faces
Rémy Kolpa-Kopoul
as Kopoul-Roundabout Boss
as Wine Grower
Paulo Anarkao
as Big Bertha
Céline Richeboeuf
as Miss Ming's Friend
Aurelie Brin
as Miss Ming's Other Friend
Sophie Seugé
as Miss Ming's Accomplice
Bernard Geoffrey
as Slaughterhouse Director
Dick Annegarn
as Cemetery Guard
Marie-Claude Pluviaud
as Fish Shop Customer
Catherine Hosmalin
as Catherine's Friend
Eric Monfourny
as The Priest
Noel Godin
as Le Tartobole
Serge Nuques
as The Crazy Biker
Zoé Weber
as The Little Girl on the Phone
Cédric Geoffroy
as Assistant Director of Slaughterhouse
Gustave Kervern
as Delicatessen Employee
Sine Bundgaard
as Wine Grower
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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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Brutal & somewhat pointless. It felt like it was trying to parody life, but ends up depicting off-kilter snippets that detract from its central theme of renewal and release.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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