139 minutes, Canada, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film was released on Friday 20th March 2015 and is no longer screening.

Xavier Dolan was celebrated as a wunderkind when he presented his debut feature I Killed My Mother at Cannes in 2009 when he was just 20 years old, and Mommy, his fifth feature, played in competition there last year, sharing the Jury prize with Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language (3D). While retaining a personal and provocative style that has been a mark of all his work, Mommy is illustrative of how Dolan is maturing as a filmmaker and is his finest film to date.

Set in an easily imaginable near future where social support is scarce, it is the story of a mother (superbly portrayed by Anne Dorval, a regular in Dolan’s films) struggling to deal with her teenage son (a powerful performance from Antoine-Olivier Pilon), who is suffering with ADHD. Dolan chooses to present the film in 1:1 aspect ratio, essentially using a third of a cinema screen, which serves to heighten the story’s intensity and amplify the moments of release. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★★ The Guardian

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