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

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  15 July 2009 (France)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

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Julie Cloutier
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Hélène Rimbaud
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Éric
Monique Spaziani ...
Denise
Pierre Chagnon ...
Richard Minel
Justin Caron ...
Jeune Hubert
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Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
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Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque ...
Pensionnaire agressif #1 (as Hugolin Chevrette)
Francis Ducharme ...
Pensionnaire agressif #2
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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Masterpiece!
3 October 2011 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Wow...! What a masterpiece... I prefer to believe that Xavier Dolan is not only a shootin star, but a director, actor and writer for history... "J'ai Tué Ma Mére" is one hell of a brilliant tour de force through emotions, love, identity, sexuality.... Xavier is outstanding (as himself??) fighting against himself and his mom and surroundings - the 'battles' with his mom is unique - and the 'love-scene' after 'painting the wall' is truly a highlight.

Almost can't believe a 20-yr old wrote and directed - and played the leading part in - this excellent movie. Don't know why, but when watchin Xavier I'm thinking of James Dean (Rebel Without A Cause)and River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho)...

Love you Xavier for this - and lookin forward to forthcoming works. So fu***n GREAT!


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