January 23rd, 2009



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Still of Jan David G. Nicdao in MammothStill of Gael García Bernal in MammothStill of Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams in MammothStill of Michelle Williams in MammothStill of Lukas Moodysson in MammothStill of Natthamonkarn Srinikornchot in Mammoth

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.8/10 (4,792 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Lukas Moodysson

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito

n New York, the immature family man Leo Vidales is a successful businessman, owner of the Underlandish, a successful website of digital games and married to Dr. Ellen Vidales, a dedicated surgeon of the emergency room of a hospital. They have a daughter, Jackie, who is an intelligent girl that is raised by her nanny, the Filipino Gloria that spends more time with her than Ellen. Gloria has two sons in Philippine that miss her. When Leo need to travel to Singapore with his partner Bob (Tom McCarthy) to sign a millionaire contract with investors, Ellen operates on a boy stabbed in the stomach by his own mother and she feels connected to the boy and rethinks her relationship with Jackie. Meanwhile Leo is bored waiting for the negotiation of Bob with the investors and he decides to travel to Bangkok and lodges in a rustic cottage on the seashore. Leo meets the young prostitute and mother Cookie and he has one night stand with her...

Gael García Bernal - Leo Vidales
Michelle Williams - Ellen Vidales
Marife Necesito - Gloria
Sophie Nyweide - Jackie Vidales
Thomas McCarthy - Bob (as Tom McCarthy)
Natthamonkarn Srinikornchot - Cookie (as Run Srinikornchot)
Jan David G. Nicdao - Salvador
Martin de los Santos - Manuel
Chiqui del Carmen - Grandmother (as Maria Esmeralda del Carmen)
Perry Dizon - Uncle Fernando
Elmira Arikan - Trauma Team
Doña Croll - Alice
Deborah Fronko - Patient
Bryan 'Buck' Glinski - Paramedic (as Bryan Glinski)
David Hagman - Paramedic

Release Date: 23 January 2009

Filming Locations: Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $8,530 (USA) (29 November 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

User Review

Captivating critique of the global condition

Rating: 8/10

Mammoth is an ambitious, highly contemplative take on the implications of global capitalism for individuals, families and communities. Moodysson illustrates a world in which market economy as the Western way of life both encourages and obliges human action that, irrespective of one's intentions, reproduces unequal social relations and reinforces existing power structures.

One could criticize Moodysson of presenting only conservative, private solutions for the social problems caused by globalization. The protagonists do not try to face their social circumstance head on or to find political ways for addressing their situation. In stead of seeking social change through collective action, family becomes of central importance. Only some vague escapist dreams are left for the disillusioned workers at both ends of the global working class.

Despite the film's fatalism, Moodysson succeeds beautifully in constructing a convincing and authentic interpretation of the 21st century social reality of global interconnectedness. The tragedy of highly educated Western professionals that Mammoth portrays lies in the fact that they are conscious of the disastrous social and ecological consequences of their actions, yet find themselves completely unable to transform the social condition.


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