Xavier DolanCanada134 minutes201414AColourFrench

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With his fifth film, Xavier Dolan, still only 25 years old, solidified his standing as the most celebrated young filmmaker in the world. Focusing on a troubled young man, his loving but overwhelmed mother, and a neighbour who creates a brief stability in their lives, Mommy was driven by a searing emotional intensity and a daring aesthetic that culminated in perhaps the most celebrated sequence in Canadian film history.

Avec ce cinquième film, Xavier Dolan, qui avait alors 25 ans, vient confirmer et consolider son statut de plus jeune réalisateur reconnu dans le monde. Le film se concentre sur la vie d’un jeune homme en difficulté, sur sa mère pleine d’amour pour lui, mais totalement dépassée, et sur leur voisine qui parviendra à créer une brève stabilité dans leurs vies. Mommy est guidé par une intensité émotionnelle qui ne fait que monter en puissance tout au long du film. Son esthétique et son audacité culminent dans ce qui restera sans doute comme l’une des scènes les plus célèbres de l’histoire du cinéma canadien.

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Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan was born in Montréal and began acting at the age of four. His directorial debut, J'ai tué ma mere (09), won the Art Cinema Award and the Prix Regards Jeunes and SACD prizes at Cannes. His subsequent films, Les amours imaginaires (10) and Laurence Anyways (12), earned the Cannes Prix Regards Jeunes and Queer Palm, respectively. The FIPRESCI Prize–winning Tom à la ferme (13), which he also wrote and directed, screened at the Festival, as did Mommy (14), the Jury Prize winner at Cannes. Juste la fin du monde (16) is his latest film.