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Modern day Greek tragedy
on 6 March 2014
Despite very bad reviews, I actually found this film very interesting as a psychological study of complex mother-son relationship. Jullianne Moore is brilliant as a neurotic actress married to a cold and extremely selfish businessman. A son born out of this loveless couple became a substitute lover of this woman. He was effeminate, weak, and spoilt rotten by his mother. The ending is shocking but predictable - the love between the mother and the son reached its climax, and it soon made a U-turn. "Love" consequently transformed itself into hatred. Tragedy ensued.
The last scene clicked in my head: when gay Tony had sex with his mother, especially at the moment he was about to come, his facial expression revealed something really complex – he seemed to have experienced intense pleasure, as well as disgust at the same time. He realised that his mother treated him like a retarded boy, that he was being used as a sex object. It was at that pivotal moment that his psychology and his whole being have changed direction.
All acting was good although the fake American accent by British actors are too noticeable to be missed. Even if some one does not like the subject of the film, it is still worth watching just for Julianne Moore's Class Act and fabulous locations in New York, Paris, Majorca, and London...