I Killed My Mother2013
I Killed My Mother (2013)
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as Chantale Lemming
as Julie Cloutier
as Antonin Rimbaud
as Hélène Rimbaud
as Hubert Minel
Critic Reviews for I Killed My Mother
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.
This just might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing "Catcher in the Rye" on the screen. Truly hilarious.
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.
Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner.
A coming-of-age tale as ferociously raw as its teller -- the very young Xavier Dolan.
Audience Reviews for I Killed My Mother
Xavier Dolan is a really talented, promising young director, and 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.
No, Hubert Minel(Xavier Dolan, who also wrote and directed) did not kill his mother, Chantale Lemming(Anne Dorval). That was something he wrote for a high school writing assignment. That does not make her any happier when she finds out, though. However, after things calm down, which is a relative state for this normally bickering pair, she offers to let him get his own apartment at the age of 16. But once he does find an apartment very much to his liking, she reneges on the deal. "I Killed My Mother" is a movie about communication between two people who have trouble expressing themselves to each other. As far as Hubert goes, he is at an age when he is just starting to define who he is and who he wants to be and does not feel supported by his mother. As far as Xavier Dolan goes, he shows promise as a director, especially in his use of two-shots. But ironically enough he has trouble communicating with the audience about his specific point of view. To quote Hubert's teacher(Suzanne Clement), who talks to their mother like this? Which is a question the movie never satisfactorily answers.
A remarkable film from an 19 year old. Insightful and unflinchingly critical. Beautifully shot.
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