Leo (Gael García Bernaland) and Ellen (Michelle Williams) are, from the outside, a success. He’s created a website that has made them rich while she dedicates her life to saving lives as an emergency surgeron. Their daughter Jackie (Sophie Nyweide) is being raised mostly by their nanny Gloria (Marife Necesito) while they all lead their lives away from their New York City apartment.
Gloria is a mother herself, with her children in the Philippines raised by her mother while she makes money for them in the U.S. And as he works in Bangkok, Leo spends time with a sex worker named Cookie (Run Srinikornchot) who is also hiding that she is a mother.
The moral of this movie has been debated. Is it that women who don’t remain home often lead tragic lives? Or is it, as Moodysson says, about how women of very different social backgrounds have a struggle between work and making time for their children?
The mammoth of the title comes up as one of Leo’s co-workers gives him the gift of a $3,000 pen made from mammoth ivory, the once large and majestic beast reduced to a piece of a writing implement that will be used to sign contracts that just need his signature and not any form of thought to become rich and yet that money solves none of his ennui or the sense that his child is being supported and raised by someone who is a stranger.
The limited edition The Lukas Moodysson Collection from Arrow includes high definition blu rays of seven films, as well as interviews with Moodysson and other cast and crew, moderated by film programmer Sarah Lutton. There’s also a two hundred page featuring new writing by Peter Walsh, excerpts from the original press kits for each film, interviews with and directors’ statements from Moodysson and essays on his films from a 2014 special issue of the Nordic culture journal Scandinavica by C. Claire Thomson, Helga H. Lúthersdóttir, Elina Nilsson, Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport and Kjerstin Moody.
Extras include interviews with Lukas Moodysson, line producer Malte Forssell and Gael Garcia Bernal, as well as a trailer and image gallery.
You can get this set from MVD.