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I Killed My Mother (2013)

I Killed My Mother (2013)

I Killed My Mother



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Hubert Minel, a brash 17 year old, dislikes his mother intensely. He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater, her kitschy décor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth. Below the surface of these irritating traits, lie the ingrained mechanisms that his mother has always cultivated so dearly - manipulation and guilt. Hubert, confused and torn by a love-hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, wanders in and out of an adolescence that is both marginal an typical, combining artistic discovery, openness to friendship, ostracism, and sex. All the while, he is consumed by his all encompassing contempt for this woman he somehow once loved. -- (C) Regentmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Xavier Dolan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Kino Lorber Films - Official Site


Anne Dorval
as Chantale Lemming
Suzanne Clément
as Julie Cloutier
François Arnaud
as Antonin Rimbaud
Patricia Tulasne
as Hélène Rimbaud
Monique Spaziani
as Denise/Dédé
Xavier Dolan
as Hubert Minel
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Critic Reviews for I Killed My Mother

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

As a director, Mr. Dolan has a freewheeling style, and he's self-dramatizing enough to want to call attention to it without being too much of a visual show-off.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

There's much to praise, especially the oh-so-real dialogue, but true psychological penetration is lacking and Dolan's hunger to prove his talent results in a superfluity of styles.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner.

July 6, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller -- the very young Xavier Dolan.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

What makes it extraordinary is its depth of feeling, which Dolan's age makes all the more impressive: he was just 19 when he made this.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

As an actor, Dolan's an accomplished comedian, one with a tragic core. And as a screenwriter and director, he's even better.

Full Review… | June 7, 2014

Audience Reviews for I Killed My Mother

Xavier Dolan is a really talented and promising young director. His filmmaking debut is this sensitive and engaging approach to a semi-autobiographical subject, a story that balances subtle humor and compelling drama in a more than satisfying way.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A remarkable film from an 19 year old. Insightful and unflinchingly critical. Beautifully shot.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Holy crap was this intense, checked it out in June on a short trip to Montreal. Very personal, very painful film, a little immature but an incredibly heavy depiction of a boy losing touch with his mother. Run time might have been only about an hour and a half, I honestly felt like I was in the theatre all day. This film was lauded at Cannes and rightfully so, it's like a more intense Denys Arcand work and with any luck, young M. Dolan will join his forebear at the top of Quebecois and Canadian cinema in due time. A gripping film that everyone should see (once they get the subtitles on it and release it south of the 49th parallel, should be September '09).

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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