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Canadian Cinema

Mommy

Year 2014
Runtime 134 mins
Language French
Subtitles Yes
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The fifth feature from the French-Canadian auteur fearlessly dissects the complicated relationship between a mother and son.

Problem child Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is returned to the care of his mother Diane (Anne Dorval, I Killed My Mother) after being briefly institutionalized. Soon it becomes clear that his ADHD and frightening destructiveness may prove too much for her to handle. By enlisting the help of their introverted neighbour (Suzanne Clément, Laurence Anyways), the trio begins to forge a unique bond and fascinating dynamic, one with unpredictable turns of heartbreaking intensity to humourous respite. French-Canadian auteur and Cannes darling Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, Tom at the Farm) may have touched on similar themes and relationships in his previous four films, but here he harmonizes each of them with a controlled eye and a deep sense of affection. Shot in an inordinately intimate 1:1 aspect ratio, Dolan pulls in to capture a trio of performances that reveal his characters’ fierce fragility amid a claustrophobic frame.

Mommy is Canada's Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards©.

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Countries

Canada
Awards
Special Jury Prize Cannes
Festivals
Cannes 2014, Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Director
Xavier Dolan
Producer
Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant
Screenwriter
Xavier Dolan
Cinematographer
André Turpin
Editor
Xavier Dolan
Cast
Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément