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I Killed My Mother (2009)
"J'ai tué ma mère" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  15 July 2009 (France)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

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Hélène Rimbaud
Niels Schneider ...
Éric
Monique Spaziani ...
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Pierre Chagnon ...
Richard Minel
Justin Caron ...
Jeune Hubert
Benoît Gouin ...
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Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
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Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque ...
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Francis Ducharme ...
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Pascale Audrey ...
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Émile Mailhiot ...
Élève #1 (as Émile Mailhot)
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Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent's cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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The man who shows the apartment to Hubert and Antonin is played by Xavier Dolan's father, Manuel Tadros. See more »

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Hubert Minel: What would you do if I died today?
Chantale: I'd die tomorrow.
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Well-acted and devastatingly emotional
3 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Review: I Killed My Mother/J'ai tué ma mère 9*/10

Largely autobiographical, the film details the intensely volatile relationship between a gay 16-year-old, Hubert (Dolan), and his mother, Chantale (Anne Dorval). The film builds through a series of richly hysterical conflicts that find these two characters exceedingly incapable of living with or without one another. Perhaps a viciously honest love story more than anything else, I Killed My Mother gives us an acute and compassionate portrayal of both sides of this complex human interaction.

Dolan stars as a Montreal teen whose relationship with his mother redefines "troubled" — the young hyphenate a natural in front of the camera and a little over-excited behind it.

Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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