Mammejong, a dysfunctional mother-and-son relationship
by Vitor Pinto
- Jacques Molitor’s feature debut was one of the last titles produced by Lucil Film before the company’s merger with Samsa Film
Released locally on 28 January, Jacques Molitor’s Mammejong [+see also:
film profile] is still being promoted in Luxembourg’s theatres. Tomorrow, the director and his cast are attending a special screening at the CinéStarlight cinema to introduce the film and discuss it with the audience.
Molitor – a graduate from the IAD in Belgium – has challenged himself to go even further in his portrayal of complex human interactions. After two short films – which tackled issues like homosexuality and the consequences of a separation – and Sweetheart Come, a documentary portrait of Luxembourgish society, this time around he made a fiction film about a dysfunctional mother-and-son relationship.
Co-written by the director along with Eric Lamhène, Mammejong focuses on Flepp (Max Thommes), who, after his father’s suicide, is forced by his mother (Myriam Muller) to take his place in family life – and in her very bed. Suffocating as a result of this far-from-normal existence, one night he meets Leena (Bosnian actress Maja Juric). This encounter with a wild girl who represents all the freedom he has no access to will lead to a clash between the (until now) devoted son and his dominant mother.
Mammejong is one of the last titles produced by Luxembourg’s Lucil Film before the company’s recent merger with Samsa Film (read more). Belgium’s Wrong Men North served as co-producer on the film, which was also backed by the Filmfund Luxembourg.