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I Killed My Mother (2009)

J'ai tué ma mère (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 July 2009 (France)
A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

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Julie Cloutier
Patricia Tulasne ...
Hélène Rimbaud
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Éric
Monique Spaziani ...
Denise
Pierre Chagnon ...
Richard Minel
Justin Caron ...
Jeune Hubert
Benoît Gouin ...
Directeur du pensionnat
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Enseignante au pensionnat
Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque ...
Pensionnaire agressif #1 (as Hugolin Chevrette)
Francis Ducharme ...
Pensionnaire agressif #2
Pascale Audrey ...
Professeur d'arts
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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CAD 800,000 (estimated)
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Xavier Dolan wrote the script when he was 16 years old. He said in an interview with French-Canadian newspaper 'Le Soleil' that the movie was in part an autobiography. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Minel: I wasn't born to have a mother.
Julie: Maybe your mother wasn't born to have a son.
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'Particular Thanks' is given to 'a person answering the initials of S.P.' See more »

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References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Maman la plus belle du monde
Written & composed by Marino Marini & F. Bonifay
Performed by Luis Mariano
Courtesy of © EMI Music Canada, Film & Television music placement division
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An achievement that can't be ignored
12 December 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

With his first feature, Montrealer Xavier Dolan has delivered what is already one of the most talked-about directorial debuts of 2009. In a triple-threat feat, Dolan writes, directs and stars in J'ai tué ma mère, the semi-autobiographical tale of a young gay man coming of age while struggling with his tortured relationship with his mother.

Their fights escalate until mom hatches a toxic plan: Hubert will be shipped off to boarding school. He is aghast but has little choice, as mom has managed to convince her ex-husband that a change of scenery is in the lad's best interests. Being banished to a mother-free zone might have seemed a good option for Hubert, but the move simply leads to an ultimate standoff between them. Dolan and Dorval navigate their way through the harried, increasingly vicious tête-à-têtes with delicacy, evoking sympathy for both characters.

Dolan's enthusiasm for cinema can be felt throughout J'ai tué ma mère. Combining assured writing, a confident directorial style (the scene where Hubert makes love to his boyfriend is a standout) and a beautifully rendered performance, Dolan's arrival on the big screen is an achievement that can't be ignored.


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