|“||Do you know what it is to be a lover? To be half of a whole?||”|
|Behind the Scenes|
Mallorie Cobb (née Miles), also known as Mal, is Dominick Cobb's wife, and his projection of her is the main antagonist of Inception. She is the daughter of Stephen Miles, and before the time period in which the movie is set, Mallorie killed herself. While Dom and Mal were trapped in Limbo, she eventually began to believe that Limbo was reality. In order to convince her to return to the real world, Dom planted the idea in her mind that her reality was, in fact, a dream. Unfortunately, this inception - the idea that her reality is a dream - affected her permanently, even after waking; she consequently committed suicide by jumping off a building in order to wake up, despite Dom's pleas. She is frequently seen in Cobb's dreams as a projection of his subconscious. She is portrayed by actress Marion Cotillard. Her Totem was a spinning top which now belongs to her husband. In the first scene, she is seen armed with a Sig Sauer P232 which she uses to wound Arthur; in the vault, with a Beretta 92FS with which she kills Robert Fischer; and in Limbo, with a kitchen knife. Evidentally, Mal was once a French citizen and moved from France to the USA to be with Cobb. It is likely that Mal was introduced to Cobb via her father, who was Cobb's professor at university.
It's worth noting that "Mal" can mean ill, wrongful or bad in French. When interpreting mal to mean ill, it could be said that Mal has become a sickness of Dom's mind. Similarly, using the context bad, this could refer to the fact that she often sabotages Dom in the dream world.
“Marion brought an exceptionally haunting quality to her performance." Christopher Nolan continues to say, "What she was able to do with just her eyes and her emotional openness is quite beautiful. And she and Leo together portray an incredibly moving couple. Underneath all of the action, I think ‘Inception’ is very much founded on a love story, and these two actors found the truth of that in a most remarkable way.”
Pete Hammond, in his review, called Cotillard's acting "terrific".
- "You're waiting for a train - a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope the train will take you, but you can't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. As long as we're together. "
- She was also known as The Shade in some promotional material.
- The song used to announce an upcoming 'kick' pays homage to her performance as Edit Piaf in 'La Vie en Rose'