Hubert Minel dislikes his mother. For his sixteen years, with contempt, he only sees her ugly sweaters and kitschy décor. Confused by their love-hate relationship, he moves through the rites of passage of adolescence.
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The car-ride arguments reminded me of Kiarostami's 'Ten'. This precocious debut gives the illusion that film-making is effortless. From the James Dean allusions, to the conversational beats, the cornered framing of shots and the patience to let the arc of the narrative breathe, it is a remarkably accomplished first offering and testament to the capabilities of lo-fi indie film-making.
Many of the signature elements one associates with Xavier Dolan - the languid slow motion takes reminiscent of Wong Kar-wai, the James Dean references and youthful angst - are present and accounted for in his debut effort "I Killed My Mother," only they feel less conscientiously deployed. Fortunately, these stylistic flourishes would coalesce only a year later with the wunderkind's sophomore effort "Heartbeats."
Review published at Aesthetics of the Mind:
An astounding debut by French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan conveying the stark reality of a mother/son relationship. The inspiring use of music, refrain, slow motion, and home video shows a creative talent as expressive as the Pollock-esque painting... Read More:
86/100 - Excellent.
It was a good first picture for Dolan. It didn't marveled me as some of his most recent works. Most of the time I just wished Hubert would calm the f*ck down and tried to have a decent conversation with his mother about whatever were their issues with each other. Anyways, the movie had some very good scenes and Anne Dorval was top-notch!