Ma ma

Synopsis: In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Julio Medem
  4 wins & 14 nominations.
111 min


When did you notice the lump?

Two months ago,

but it hasn't grown since then,

its the same.

- You have another, deeper down.

- Another one?

On the chest wall.

Then I didn't check myself right.

I'm sorry.

It's not easy.

Some nodules escape self-examination.

They're a minority.

So what you're touching

is in a minority?

What percentage of women

get breast cancer?

1 in 8 are at risk.

Your face is telling me

that I should, isn't it?

That I'm the weird side

of the statistics?

The bad side?

Why didn't you come two months ago

when you noticed the lump?

Because as I said...

it's small and it hasn't grown.

I don't know.

You can get dressed.

I'm sending you to Radiography

for an X-Ray and a mammogram.

I didn't come before because

I didn't want to be paranoid.

The crisis and unemployment

are affecting my health.

- You're unemployed?

- Yes.

Well, I taught children

until last week.

I won't know what it's like

to be unemployed till after summer.

Can you imagine how lonely

I'm going to feel next year?

I can imagine.

- Have I got something bad?

- It doesn't have to be.

That's why we have to find out

exactly what it is.

- Sure.

- Here.

At the end of the hallway.

It's early so hardly anyone

will be waiting.

- Doctor.

- Hello.

Stage 3.

- What have I got?

- Let's do an ultrasound.

What can you see?

- We have to make two punctures.

- Two?

- The deeper one is the worst.

- Yes...

...on the chest wall.

It's something to worry about,

isn't it?

I can see it on your faces.

The lab will tell us

if there's cause for concern.

- When do the lab results come out?

- In two days.

So what does "stage 3" mean?

I heard you.

Is there a history

of breast cancer in your family?

Yes. My mother died

of breast cancer.

Then why didn't you come before?

I barely remember her.

She died when I was 4.

We're going to ask the lab

for an urgent biopsy.


Today at 6,

can you be in my office?

I'll be on duty.

At 6 I had to go

to the hairdresser.

I'll go earlier.

Do I go to the hairdresser or not?


Could you prescribe

some tranquilizers for me?

I've got some here.

It'd be good if this afternoon

someone came with you.

Are you married? A husband?

I don't know.

That's another problem I've had

for three months,

unemployment and my husband.

- One? Two?

- One.

I'm sorry, Magda,

I'm driving out of Madrid.

I've decided to spend July

out on my own.


I need to think about us,

it's better for both of us

to spend time without in-laws.

A big kiss for you and Dani.


Some holidays without arguments.

Come in!

- My hair...

- You look very nice.

Thanks. So?


The lab report says

that both nodules are carcinomas.

I knew it.

I thought about it

while I was brushing my hair,

I'd be told I had cancer

and get a breast amputated, right?

Well, the term "amputate"

usually refers to limbs...

a leg, an arm...

I'd rather lose a breast than a leg.

I don't believe it.

Will you take it all,

or leave me a little?

It has to be a mastectomy,

a complete removal.

But in time you can get

reconstructive surgery.

And my nipple?

You won't even leave me

my nipple as a keepsake?

It's invaded.

I don't want a silicon nipple.

In this hospital we have

psychologists who could help you.

Think that there's still time.

And that your prognosis is good.

And that 70% of breast tumors

at this stage are cured.

They're cured...

Why move over

to the bright side of statistics

when I've already stepped

on the dark side?

Because you've got a better chance

of getting better.

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Julio Medem

Julio Medem Lafont Sanjuán Mendizabal (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish screenwriter and film director. more…

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