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With gun-toting rivals on his tail, a daring bank robber takes refuge in the quiet residential street here he grew up and where his mother, Maniette, still lives. An unscrupulous property developer, Korazy, is buying up the neighborhood to turn it into a gleaming new banking district, but to her son's disgust Maniette leads the inhabitants resistance. Her ingenious methods provoke her boy's admiration, but he fights back with sneaky traps and underhand tricks when Maniette tries to force him to do the right thing just once in his life.Written by
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Catherine was only 53 when she made this movie but they made her look at least 15 years older .
It's a funny little comedy,which loses steam in its second half ,but nevertheless defends the owners of an old block against expropriation and the estate developers.
Mom is unbreakable ,just like Bruce Willis in the famous eponymous movie ;so ,in a first scene ,she visits a terminaly-ill (??) patient and asks him ,that when he ......(she doesn't utter the fatal word) , he can speak to the all-mighty of her condition which might prevent her from going to Heaven ; it's full of black humor,a quality which is one of the strong points of this farce .
Her only son comes home ,after many years away .She is in awe of him , but soon discovers that he is not what he claims to be ; he used to falsify his school reports ,he keeps pornographic pictures he uses to blackmail somebody....And hemight be a gangster ,at that!
Mom comes to think that she did not educate her dear one as she should have.Thus ,God's curse.
In the house ,there's a tortoise named Penelope :sometimes we see the story through the pet's eyes .Subjective camera ,indeed.
Some gags ,such as the doctor's interventions ,are repetitive ,but Frot is irresistible as a granny without grandchildren.So far.
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