“There’s something about you, something very…familiar.”
The members of a severely dysfunctional family get together at a snow-covered, isolated mansion in the winter. There the family members – including the father, an arrogant surgeon who may have murdered his wealthy wife – expose each others’ secrets, with surprising results.
Incest subtext in Sons of Anarchy. Oh ya.
Even if mother and son Gemma and Jackson “Jax” Teller are just doing a longing glance or hugging, it can sometimes be like ‘get a room!’ I have been watching the show for a few years, and if you haven’t been watching this show you don’t know what you are missing. It has been on for 7 seasons (this year marks the final season), but I came into it around season 3 or 4 and binge watched. It was initially photos of Jax and Gemma that really made me turn it on, even though I heard good things about the show.
It is similar to the relationship between Norma and Norman in Bates Motel in that they are very co-dependent and have that married vibe going on. Their relationship has also contributed to their volatile and aggressive behavior I think. Both sons and mothers in both shows will literally kill for the other and they don’t care what they have to do. There are also instances later in the series where Gemma is called “mama” a lot by her lover, and Jax’s love (and later wife) looks and starts acting like Gemma. Gemma has even asked Jax this season if he has a “mommy fethish!” There is also an interesting visual and symbolic switch that is ongoing between the two woman in Jax’s life.
Plus on top of the subtext that (like Bates Motel) can be subtle and sometimes not so subtle, the show has at least two cases of actual CANON incest involving siblings.
More from Sons of Anarchy on the main blog.
In my most recent analysis I attempt to explain The Leftovers TV show and the amazing episode that was episode 9 that was literally filled with electricity between brother and sister Tommy and Jill. Contains spoilers.
“We would absolutely love to make a circuit, wouldn’t we.”
As you can probably see by all the posts, I have been on a bit of The Leftovers bender lately. But I can’t help it, the show is filled with so many shipable pairings and even twin brothers! And the thing is you could see any of these pairings actually becoming canon since it is a show where anything can happen. Remember this?
Then episode 9 happened, aptly titled “The Garveys at their Best,” and the writers couldn’t have been more right! This one finally reunited the brother and sister pairing for the first time all season and the sparks flew!…Literally!
Categories: Brother/Sister, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, TV, Twins
Tags: chris zylka, emily meade, justin theroux, margaret qualley, non canon, subtext, the leftovers
Richard Cory always gets what he wants
Including the woman of his dreams
Until he encounters his greatest obstacle
Caitlin Cory tries to resist the undeniable attraction to her stepson Eric that develops when her new husband, Richard Cory chooses to treat her like a trophy wife – leaving her at home while constantly flying off on business ventures while denying her a career opportunity of her own. When Caitlin hears a female voice on the phone, when calling her husband in a hotel room across country, she gives in to her desires and has an affair with Eric at his picturesque lakeside cabin. When Richard finds out, his jealous rage at first is directed at his wife, but soon he pursues his son with unexpected consequences. A classic suspense thriller made for CBS television by Carlton Media.
Low budget coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.
Sigourney Weaver is hot for her son again in Tadpole. Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from Chauncey Academy for the Thanksgiving weekend, Oscar confides in his best friend that he has plans for this vacation—he will win the heart of his true love. But there is one major problem—Oscar’s true love is his stepmother Eve. Oscar is certain that he could be a better mate to Eve than his work-obsessed father. He fails to win Eve’s heart and is consequently dejected. Oscar’s path to his true love is further crossed by Diane, Eve’s best friend who, one night while wearing Eve’s borrowed perfumed scarf, offers him temporary comfort in an unconventional tryst. For Diane, Oscar fills a void in her life. For Oscar, Diane is somewhat of a distraction, as his continued pursuit of Eve leads to an unexpected resolution. (IMDB)
Click below to watch a clip.
This isn’t the first time Sigourney Weaver has had serious chemistry with her son, I also would recommend “Imaginary Heroes,” which also features canon incest.
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The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them — an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades. [IMDB]
“Imaginary Heroes” (2004) gives us yet one more troubled suburban family, with suicide and drugs and a chill at the dinner table. [Roger Ebert]
This is another great movie about dysfunctional families and contains a loving and shippable brother/sister relationship, a close mother/son relationship, and accidental incest. Read under the cut for that major spoiler. But I recommend watching the film first because it is a real surprise.
*Contains Major Spoilers*
Categories: Brother/Brother, Brother/Sister, Film, Mother/Son
Tags: accidental incest, canon, dyfunctional family, emile hirsch, gay, homosexuality, imaginary heroes, incest, jeff daniels, michelle williams, sigourney weaver
Just when you think you are going to watch just another scary horror movie…yep, more incest. And in more than one way.
A man and a woman awaken to find themselves captured in a cellar. As their kidnapper drives them psychologically mad, the truth about their horrific abduction is revealed.(IMDB)
Back again to bring us more “hot melting incest” is Elisha Cuthbert, who starred in one of the most incestuous heavy subtexts movies ever, House Of Wax.
If you like horror movies (like I do) and twists, I think you will really enjoy this film. Plus it features two pretty awesome Canadians – Daniel Gillies (The Originals) and Elisha Cuthbert (House of Wax, The Quiet). What is it about Elisha Cuthbert always getting stalked by brothers in twisted horror movies?
Most of the reviews I read about this film said it was ripping off Saw or trying to be like a torture porn. I don’t agree. I enjoyed the whole movie and thought it was more of a twist on those franchises than anything. It is nowhere near as gory and torturous as Saw or Hostel. I don’t care for useless gore or just killing for the sake of it, and didn’t find this that gory at all. The camera usually fades out when anything to graphic comes up, which is only a few times. It does rely on a few cheap tricks, and included some unnecessary stuff in the beginning, but it makes up for it in the end. You won’t see it coming (unless you read the rest of this review, but I urge you not unless you watch the movie first because spoiler alert!) I thought it was one of the few actually intelligent horror movies, if you look at it a bit closer.
*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Adore (AKA Perfect Mothers) is an Australian-French film where a pair of best friends since childhood (and neighbors) fall for each other’s sons. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. What is so sad is that the book helped win Doris Lessing the 2007 Nobel Prize, but the film version has received mostly harsh criticism calling it ”mommy porn,” “mother love down under,” and one reviewer said ”This is possibly the most warped, incestuous, weird movie I’ve seen.” There are also countless that dive into the hidden incestuous nature and sublimation of it, like this one titled Adore-ing Pop Culture`s Last Taboo. No wonder I love it.
Some have even compared it to the 2009 Saturday Night Live “Motherlover,” comedy music video:
“What time is it, dawg?” asked Andy Samberg in the video. “It’s time for a switcheroo,” replied best bud Justin Timberlake. In unison, they called out to each other: “We both love our moms, women with grown women needs. … To me, you’re like a brother, so be my mother lover.”
Adore is a story about childhood best friends, Lil and Roz (Naomi Watts and Robin Wright), who both marry and settle as neighbors in the same small seaside resort town where they grew up. Their hunky surfer sons – Roz’s Tom and Lil’s Ian – grow up together as brothers in turn. To quote Roz, ”they are like young gods.”
Categories: Film, Mother/Son
Tags: adore, Australia, ben mendelsohn, incest, josh brolin, labor day, naomi watts, oedipus complex, sophia lowe, spanking the monkey, xavier samuel
La Belle Bête (2006), which translates to The Beautiful Beast, is another incestuous film from Quebec, Canada (see also Blood, Cadavres) by director Karim Hussein. The film dissects the bizarre intricacies of relationships within a perverse and neurotic family.
This dark drama explores the love triangle between a mother (Louise, who is a rich and vain woman), her handsome son Patrice, and her jealous daughter Mary.
The film deals wit themes of jealousy, vanity, emotional incest and murder. Scandalous director Karim Hussain explores the thoughts of the family members plunging us deep into their world where the rules of the outside world do not exist. As a side note you may recognize one of its stars Caroline Dhavernas from Hannibal.
Watch the film online here.