Set in the Canary Islands, "Ma Mere" deals with Pierre (Louis Garrel), a pious Catholic son in a bourgeois family, whose father has just died. He not only discovers that his parents had a pretty kinky sex life, but his mother Helene (Isabelle Huppert) also has plans to turn her son from a saint into a sinner. It's hardly worth the effort. "Ma Mere" is florid in the worst literary way and the sex is about as hot as Antarctica. Mon Dieu! Starring Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel and Emma de Caunes. Directed and written by Christophe Honore. Produced by Paulo Branco. A TLA release. Drama. French-language, subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 110 min
"Ma Mere" dives into transgressive sexuality with the prurient zeal of a seminary student. While attempting to be a bold examination of incest, sadomasochism and anality, Honore's adaptation of the Bataille novel instead becomes ludicrous indulgence.