In 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, who spends more time with her than Ellen. Gloria has two sons in the Philippines that miss her. When Leo need to travel to Singapore with his partner, Bob (Tom McCarthy), to sign a multi-million dollar 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 a one night stand with her. Meanwhile, Gloria’s ten year-old boy,…
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: There was a big speculation of Moodysson being a total sell-out, doing a major picture in America, but that obviously wasn’t the case. It isn’t Moodysson quite like you’ve seen before, but definitely not in a bad way. He innovated his style into new directions, without compromising his vision.
Gael García Bernal has proved himself to be one of the greatest actors of this generation in Iñárritu’s pictures, and Mammoth comes as no exception. In fact I feel a little Iñárrituish vibe in the movie; the whole theme is pretty similar with Babel.
Somebody commented earlier here, that Moodysson was just "teethless" with his society critic in Mammoth, but I really have to disagree. I wouldn’t even use the word "critic" in Mammoth’s case – I don’t see Moodysson as a preacher, but as an objective lens, which allows us to see the world differently. It’s art people, not politics; pointing fingers isn’t the point.