Hubert Minel dislikes his mother. For his sixteen years, with contempt, he only sees her ugly sweaters, kitschy décor and the bread crumbs that lodge in the corners of her lips when she eats noisily. Beyond these irritating things, there is also the manipulation and guilt, mechanisms dear to his Mother. Confused by their love-hate relationship, Hubert also experiences typical adolescent moments – artistic discoveries, experiences of friendship, sex and ostracism. —Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Xavier Dolan (born March 20, 1989), sometimes credited as Xavier Dolan-Tadros, is a Canadian actor and filmmaker. Formerly a child actor in films such as J’en suis!, Le marchand de sable and La forteresse suspendue and television series such as Omertà, La loi du silence, he attracted international attention when his first film as a director and screenwriter, J’ai tué ma mère, won three awards from the Director’s Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
After J’ai tué ma mère he directed his second feature film Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), which was financed privately. It follows the infatuation of two friends with the same mysterious young man. Inevitably, their friendship suffers. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard category at the 63e Festival de Cannes in May 2010, to standing ovation.
Dolan says that he is planning his third film called Laurence any ways, about a transsexual… read more
The only scene I can appreciate is the touching 'I'd die tomorrow' moment. But nothing else. A lot of this movie is the actor/director sobbing in black-and-white over his mummy and walking about at night cheating on his boyfriend to Crystal Castles. If I wanted to see that, I'd go on lame Tumblr blogs. I wouldn't watch a pseudo-intellectual, unfortunate project made by a sulky, pretentious French teenager.
Nice first feature and it feels like a first picture it. But the bratty drama had me longing for a dysfunctional relationship with my mother. The surfaces of the movie were a bit like Alamodovar but the total package was lacking. I just wish it was more lean and had more muscle.
Xavier Dolan's debut film, about a gay teenager's complicated, love/hate relationship with his own mother, finally gets an American release courtesy of Kino Lorber. It's clearly a first film, often beholden to its inspirations, often evoking Wong Kar Wai and Pedro Almodovar, but Dolan established himself as a talent to watch. Despite its flaws, its a raw, personal, and deeply felt work.
’ai tué ma mère 2009
Xavier Dolan’s first film, at 20, after an acting career that started at 4, takes the Truffaut road in what is billed as a semi autobiographical drama of… read review