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Xavier Dolan, the 25-year-old wunderkind with four Cannes-nominated gems under his belt, made his 2009 debut with the audacious bio-drama J'Ai Tué Ma Mère (translation: I Killed My Mother). While the theme of maternal violence looms large in his brash, bold new Mommy, its direction is more ambiguous, with an aggressive son pushing his equally fiery mother well past the end of her tether.
Anne Dorval (who also starred in Dolan's debut) is captivating as Diane, a widowed single mother struggling beneath the burden of raising her Adhd-afflicted son Steve (Antoine Olivier Pilon) who has been expelled from yet another juvenile detention facility. An opening title card pointedly sets the story in a near-future Canada, where a controversial law has been passed allowing parents to easily have their unruly children committed to brutal government custody. »
Directed by Xavier Dolan.
A single mother, Diane (Dorval) has to take her Adhd-stricken son, Steve (Pilon), out of an imposed institution and attempt to look after him, whilst trying to get by with work and finances. The pair’s struggles are aided, in part, by a neighbour (Clement), who lends a supportive hand to the widow and son.
25 years old and already racing ahead with his ambitions, Xavier Dolan is rapidly gaining speed in the cinematic sphere. Every one of his films has competed in the Cannes Film Festival, and there’s little doubt as to this becoming a regular haunt for the young writer/director/actor. Mommy premiered early last year at the 67th Festival de Cannes, winning the Grand Jury Prize, entered into the main competition. He’s been regarded as a new Almodovar, has »
- Gary Collinson
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Henry Barnes for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team join revolting teens in their on-going rebellion against a future dictatorship in The Divergent Series: Insurgent; watch mother and son scream the house down in Xavier Dolan's Mommy; take a trip with an intergalactic odd couple in Dreamworks animation Home; and see Sean Penn show off all his weaponry in The Gunman
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- Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Mona Mahmood and Joan Portillo
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show, Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw review Mommy, Xavier Dolan's romantic drama about a hyperactive teenager who is home-schooled by his mum after setting fire to a juvenile facility. Mommy, which stars Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon and won the jury prize at last year's Cannes, is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Mona Mahmood and Joan Portillo
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 13th March to Sunday 15th March 2015…
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has made it three weeks in a row at the UK box office, fending off competition from the Liam Neeson action thriller Run All Night to retain first place with a weekend haul of £1.4 million.
Run All Night had to settle for second place, with the film pulling in £823,833 over the weekend, while the only other newcomer to crack the top ten was Suite Francaise, which earned £503,928 to claim fourth.
Number one this time last year: Need for Speed
1. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – £1,409,311 weekend (3 weeks)
2. Run All Night – £823,833 weekend (New)
3. Focus – £805,244 weekend (3 weeks)
4. Suite Francaise – £503,928 weekend (New)
5. Fifty Shades of Grey – £487,635 weekend (5 weeks)
6. Chappie – £448,288 weekend (2 weeks)
7. Still Alice – £419,327 weekend (2 weeks)
8. Big Hero 6 – £387,905 weekend (7 weeks)
9. Kingsman: The Secret Service – £292,368 weekend (7 weeks)
10. Shaun the Sheep Movie – £262,862 weekend (6 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Speaking at last year's Cannes film festival, director Xavier Dolan talks about his new film Mommy, a drama about a mum who tries to teach her hyperactive, violent teenage son at home. He tells Henry Barnes why most people aren't cut out for parenthood and how he was inspired by his own anger issues. Mommy, which shared the Grand Jury prize in Cannes, is released in UK cinemas on 20 March Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes
Director: Xavier Dolan.
Running Time: 139 minutes
Synopsis: Die (Dorval) must take on her violent and disruptive son once he is kicked out of his latest school. Trying to juggle life along with her son becomes a tad easier thanks to the help of a neighbour teacher, currently taking a break from work.
Xavier Dolan may be young, but his catalogue speaks for itself. True, there is still much fine tuning to be done, but having sat in the director’s chair at 20 and continuing to experiment and perfect his craft, he is also one of the most original and impressive voices in cinema today. Not only that, but Mommy also shows a distinct amount of restraint where longtime and more mature filmmakers would delve into absurdism and needless controversy.
The most striking and unforgettable part of Mommy is its aspect ratio. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
★★★★★ Prodigious Canadian director Xavier Dolan returned to Cannes last year with his most accomplished film to date, the marvellously cinematic spectacle Mommy (2014), which now arrives on British screens. Set in Canada in 2015, where laws have been changed to make it easier for parents to institutionalise their problem children, Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) is one such case. Like a young Jamie Oliver on amphetamines, Steve is diagnosed with Adhd and is a boisterous, aggravating, self-destructive, amusing and occasionally dangerous teenager. Expelled from a home due to a particularly nasty arson attack which saw another inmate severely burned, Steve is taken home by mother Diane (Anne Dorval).
- CineVue UK
Xavier Dolan’s Mommy was nominated for 11 Jutra Awards, Quebec’s top film prize, and last night won 9. Mommy won nearly every major category and Pierre-Yves Cardinal won Best Supporting Actor in another Dolan film, »
- Ryan Adams
Xavier Dolan tied contemporaries Philippe Falardeau and Denis Villeneuve by winning his second Best Feature award at the 17th annual Jutra Awards. Quebec’s answer to the Oscars was a rather suspense-less affair as Mommy claimed nine (plus the top box office award honor) awards winning in all major categories with the exclusion of Best Supporting Actor category win, which would only end up going to Dolan’s other nominated film, Tom at the Farm. Pierre-Yves Cardinal was sublime in his predatory type role and as was the case for several nominees, was hard at work on another project and therefore not on hand for trophyware. Ricardo Trogi’s throwback to awkward teen years tale 1987 did win a trio of awards, but if there were any surprises in the Dolan camp it was the acceptance speeches: Dolan delivered a keynote speech type quality for the last win of the night »
- Eric Lavallee
The dust, as they say, has well and truly settled on this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. The line-up didn't include much in the way of 'big', mainstream-friendly titles, but it did provide plenty of enjoyable films, including Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, and David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows. Since these movies have already been reviewed on the Empire site, let’s consider two other Gff offerings that are worth looking out for. The first is Force Majeure, a provocative, observational marital drama that contains one of the most remarkable sequences you’ll see this year. The sequence in question takes place at a fancy Alpine ski resort, where a handsome Swedish couple — Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) — are having lunch with their two children. Sitting on a scenic terrace, they suddenly become aware that a tidal wave of snow is cascading towards them. »
Ahead of its release on March 20th, Flickering Myth has got its hands on this Exclusive Clip from Mommy, the latest film from writer-director Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Tom at the Farm), which stars Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément and Antoine Olivier Pilon.
Take a look below…
A passionate widowed single mom (Anne Dorval) finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old Adhd son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar new neighbour across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance.
Mommy hits cinemas on March 20th…
- Luke Owen
The folks at FilmmakerIQ have put together another worthwhile lesson on film history, this time addressing the "Auteur Theory" accompanied with the following introduction: Auteur - it's a favorite term of cinephiles around the world. But what exactly is Auteur Theoryc In this Filmmaker Iq course we peel back pages of time and explore the origins of Auteur Theory from the economically tumultuous adolescence of French Cinema to the culture war waged in the columns of competing American movie critics. Obviously Francois Truffaut, Andrew Sarris and Pauline Kael are discussed heavily in the piece and it's a video that offers up interesting ideas on how we judge films. Do we judge a film by the filmmaker or judge a film on its own meritsc How often do we give credit to a film more for its director than for the actual film itselfc In terms of today's films I know »
- Brad Brevet
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact email@example.com. Building a monopoly Publicity firm 42West has landed a slew of top filmmakers: • David O. Russell, now shooting biopic Joy starring muse Jennifer Lawrence, which could bring his sixth Oscar nomination since 2011 • J.C. Chandor, coming off the acclaimed A Most Violent Year, following All Is Lost the year before and his auspicious 2011 debut, Margin Call • Xavier Dolan, the prodigy behind French-Canadian drama Mommy and now
- Rebecca Sun
The light outside the window bleeds into the asylum, but it’s only a glimmer. The hope remains on the other side of the pane; its glow enlightening the entrapping interior. Every character in Elephant Song is incarcerated in a mental institution, some doctors, others patients, yet the thing that unites them is that on this cold Christmas day there is the unshakable feeling that past trauma is returning. This year, they aren’t spending the holiday inside their warm homes. Instead, they’re investigating a doctor’s disappearance as well as their inner selves.
Dr. Lawrence has vanished and the head of the hospital, Dr. Green, interrogates a manipulative patient named Michael, who may know the missing doctor’s whereabouts. The patient suffers from an undisclosed mental disability yet he is clearly intelligent, thoughtful and capable of pushing buttons to get what he wants. Michael complies and agrees with Dr. »
- Josh Cabrita
In addition to the first-ever Audience Award, which was announced at the Closing Gala on Sunday 1st March, Glasgow Film Festival have today announced their inaugural Critics’ Choice: a list of the ten films which scored most highly in a vote from Gff’s accredited press corps. All accredited reviewers attending the festival were invited to submit their three favourite films from the whole programme, with numerical values assigned to each vote depending on the number of press tickets each participant had used at the festival. 40 writers eventually took part – a full list of participants is included below. Votes were collected both on Twitter and via email.
Glasgow Film Festival Critics’ Choice 2015 list in full:
It Follows (Us, dir. David Robert Mitchell) An intelligent take on the teen horror genre that works on a number of levels and has already enjoyed great success at Cannes Film Festival. Mitchell visited the festival this year. »
- Phil Wheat
Much-lauded on the festival circuit, Xavier Dolan's Mommy is landing in our cinemas this later month and it's well worth marking your diary for. It's a sometimes bitter, sometimes heart-swelling family drama that glows with warmth one minute and chills like a Siberian breeze the next. Here's a clip from the warmer end of the movie's spectrum, showing its three protagonists - mother, son and well-meaning neighbour - pull out a classic kitchen dance-off. The film is shot in a unique 1:1 aspect ration, so any squarishness of frame is entirely intentional. brightcove.createExperiences();A key element of the film, Dolan's mixtape-styled soundtrack borrows from Scorsese's musical tack. "In the type of movies he made, songs weren't playing On movies anymore, but In movies," he points out. "[It's] a way of engaging the public in the authentic, naked truth of the characters, making them forget the director's ideas and desires. »
Telefilm Canada presented the eighth annual Guichet d’or award on Wednesday to Xavier Dolan for his latest film and recent French-language Canadian Oscar submission.
Dolan earned a cash prize of $40,000, claiming both $20,000 prizes for writer and director, in recognition of Mommy’s record domestic box office of CA$3.3m (Usd 2.6m) in Canada in 2014.
The film won nine Canadian Screen Awards including best picture, best director and best original screenplay. Antoine Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clément won best actor, best actress and best supporting actress, respectively.
Mommy is nominated for 10 Jutra awards celebrating Quebec cinema. The Jutras will be held on March 15.
“While most prizes that recognise box-office performance are awarded to producers and distributors, we wanted to pay tribute to the creative talents that bring our movie industry to life and drive its success,” said Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant.
“Mommy has had an incredible career since its release. Audiences everywhere »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In today's roundup of news and views: Martin Scorsese, Laurie Anderson, Nastassja Kinski, cinematographer Ed Lachman and novelist Siri Hustvedt on Wim Wenders, Gertjan Willems on Jean-Marie Straub's Kommunisten, Ilsa Leaver-Yap on Stan Brakhage, Damon Smith on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, J. Hoberman on David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and Ari Forman's The Congress, Frank Rich on Bob Hope, a new restoration of The Breakfast Club, awards for Xavier Dolan and Bille August; Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will likely reunite with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke; and it looks like Steven Spielberg will soon be directing Jennifer Lawrence. » - David Hudson »
Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," left off the shortlist of contenders for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, dominated Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards, winning nine—including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Dolan), and Best Actress (Anne Dorval). Other honorees included John Cusack, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a celebrity self-help guru in David Cronenberg's Hollywood freak show, "Maps to the Stars"; "Maps" composer Howard Shore; and the high concept disaster film "Pompeii," a German-Canadian co-production awarded five prizes in technical categories, including Best Visual Effects. On the television side, cult hit and critics' darling "Orphan Black"—which returns to BBC America for a third season April 18—took home Best Drama and Best Actress (Drama) for Emmy long shot Tatiana Maslany. The full list of film winners is below: Best Motion Picture | Meilleur film "Mommy" - Xavier »
- Matt Brennan
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