mamaReview by Lucía Santiago Dantés.

100 Mins.
Rated: PG-13

Quite a good little horror film. Not that scary but good enough to bring younger audiences to the theater. Also to jump a few times during the flick. Let’s just say it’s a good “light” horror film. Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic) was executive producer of the film and directed by Andrés Muschietti.

The story evolves around 2 girls who were lost in the woods for years. After killing his wife, a man named Jeffrey (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, if the face looks familiar it’s probably because you have seen him playing as Jaime Lancaster in the hit TV series Game of Thrones) drive with his 2 little girls ending up having a car accident. The family survives and shelters in an abandoned cabin. Over there Jeffrey tries to commit suicide but instead he attempts to kill his older daughter Victoria (Megan Charpentier Also known for her character as the The Red Queen in Resident Evil: Retribution). Victoria is saved by a ghost and ever since then the 2 girls are raised in the forest alone… years later Lucas apparently Jeffrey’s twin brother, is still looking for them along with his gothic/bass player girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty also in theaters right now). Lucas unexpectedly finds his nieces after 5 years but the girls are now feral children. This is a challenge for Lucas and Annabel. Victoria is the oldest and still has some memory or linguistic communication while Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) being the youngest one has none. She even walks like an animal using her legs and hands. This represents a challenge to Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash) the psychologist in charge to rehabilitate the girls into society again. Dr. Dreyfuss finds out the girls brought something more to their house and starts digging how the girls, specially Victoria knows so much about this character they call “mama”.

Watch the trailer of the film

Mama is based on a spanish short  film written and directed by Muschietti and later picked by Guillermo del Toro to be produced as a full feature film. Following the style of Del Toro in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone you can sort out it’s the kind of film Del Toro would pick as it has similar style: Kids related to death and ghosts which leads us to a mysterious past that has to be discovered during the film. What I liked about the film is all the CGI effects. Least liked: the story could have used more gothic elements than just a gothic chick. I remember I was distracted on how clean and not so trendy rather than average was the house, also it looks way too similar to the one used in the original short film.

Mama, the final feature film  was a Canadian – Spanish coproduction. Shot in Hamilton, Ontario. Here is the original Spanish short film with english Subtitles and presented by Guillermo Del Toro himself.


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