Cinema Q2010: I Killed My Mother
J'ai Tué Ma Mère
Canada, 2009, 96 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of Age, Family Issues, Foreign, Gay/Lesbian, Social Issues
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Digital presentation - The turbulent relationship between a mother and a son is explored in this stunning, semi-autobiographical tour de force from 20-year-old writer, director, producer, and performer Xavier Dolan.
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 He gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater, her kitschy décor and the vile bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her noisy mouth.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.
DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
Producer: Xavier Dolan
Screenwriter: Xavier Dolan
Cinematographer: Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron
Music: Nicholas Savard-L'Herbier
Principal Cast: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud, Suzanne Clément, Patricia Tulasne, Niels Schneider, Monique Spaziani
US Distributor: Regent Releasing