New Release: Mammuth DVD

Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Mammuth movie scene

Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani hit the road in Mammuth.

France’s great Gérard Depardieu (Inspector Bellamy), sporting a wild mane of hair, stars in the 2010 comedy-drama movie Mammuth, co-starring the usually fine and always-beautiful Isabelle Adjani (Ishtar).

The movie turns on a 60-year-old working-class man named Serge (Depardieu), who decides to retire and reap his pensioner’s rewards. Unfortunately, Serge runs into the implacable wall of bureaucracy after finding out that his former employers have neglected to declare his earnings. To receive full benefits, he needs to go back to them and gather the missing affidavits.

Encouraged by his wife, Serge climbs onto his old 1970s Mammoth motorcycle and sets off on a trip to recover his lost wages — unaware that he’s also due to encounter some buried memories. As he reconnects with old friends, Serge discovers that their idea of him is vastly at odds with his own self-image. But a form of salvation arrives when Serge’s niece (Adjani) awakens the happy poet that lies dormant inside him.

Directed by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, Mammuth co-stars Yolande Moreau, Miss Ming and Anna Mouglalis.

Mammuth played theatrically across Europe before its limited release to U.S. theaters in September 2011.

On DVD, the film is presented in French with English subtitles.

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