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Mammoth

In this somber drama by Lukas Moodysson (Together, Lilya 4-Ever), two different families are nearly destroyed by their pursuit of cash across the globe. Video-game entrepreneur Gael Garcia Bernal jets from New York to Bangkok to close a lucrative deal, leaving wife Michelle Williams, a stressed-out surgeon, to cope with their daughter’s growing attachment to their devoutly Christian Filipino nanny. In a heavily ironic parallel, the nanny’s two sons in the Philippines miss her so badly that the 10-year-old takes drastic steps to earn money he thinks will speed her return. Moodysson’s meticulous attention to surfaces allows him to draw a stark contrast between the Americans’ affluence and the Asians’ poverty, but his final observation—that somehow the rich will muddle through—is hardly a bold statement. In English and subtitled Tagalog and Thai. 125 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Lukas Moodysson

Cast:

  • Gael García Bernal
  • Michelle Williams
  • Maria Esmeralda del Carmen
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • Marife Necesito
  • Jan David G. Nicdao
  • Sophie Nyweide
  • Martin Delos Santos
  • Perry Dizon

Writer:

  • Lukas Moodysson

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