Mama (2013)

Director: Andrés Muschietti

Synopsis: Two sisters Victoria and Lily vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) & his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) were relentless in looking for them. Annabel tries to give the girls a “normal” life, but something doesn’t seem right…maybe there’s a presence that is just not “good”.

Review: When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I was under the impression that the girls had some sort of relative that had past away, but hasn’t moved on. Not that at all, instead it’s someone who just felt bad for the girls and felt entitled to care of them after their father decided to kill himself or did he? What I also didn’t expect is how this film was more of a Fantasy Horror film than a more formalistic one. For example, Lily decided to choose “Mama” instead of staying with her sister and falls over the cliff and turns into insects…I mean, really? I suppose it is consistent with the producer’s film style (Guillermo Del Toro) the creator of Pan’s Labyrinth. So it makes sense how it’s fantastical. I suppose that not all endings are happy nor have a closure that always makes sense. It all depends on the viewer and if they love what the film has to offer. Perhaps some of the unexplainable ending encourages the audience to come up with their own conclusions of what may have happened beyond what was filmed. Who knows if it translates something different.

Here’s a trailer of the movie: (


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